Laughter Tor 1

South eastern length of the alignment. View from the west (Scale 1m).

South eastern length of the alignment. View from the west (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65222 75393     Lat 50.5626376   Long -3.904344444

 

Laughter Tor plan

Simplified plan of Laughter Tor 1 stone alignment (Source: Butler, J., 1991, 59).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 164m
No. of stones: 26 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 112° Altitude: 393m
Upper end: Pillar and cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignment and prehistoric field system
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Photographs

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A large monolith denotes the north western end of the stone row. View from north (Scale 1m).

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The double row leading away from the terminal pillar. View from south east (Scale 1m).

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The south eastern length of the row. View from north (Scale 1m).

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The southern end of the row is most visually impressive. View from the north east (Scale 1m).

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The stones forming the southern length of the row. View from south west (Scale 1m).

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Looking north west along the southern length of the row. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 64577 74591. From here take the bridleway north westward for about 900m. Take the path towards the tall stone at the upper end of the row. The Laughter Tor 2 row is situated very close to the upper end of Laughter Tor 1 row and depending on vegetation conditions may be visible.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 215.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 2 – The North, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.58-59.

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