Laughter Tor 2

The Laughter Tor 2 stone row is hidden beneath dense heather. The ranging rod denotes the position of a stone forming part of this row. View from north (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65208 75393     Lat 50.56263441   Long -3.90454199

 

Plan of Laughter Tor 2 stone row. The stone shown yellow may have been displaced from the row. The stone on the right forms the upper end of the Laughter Tor 1 stone row. Source: Survey at 1:100 by Janet Daynes and Sandy Gerrard.

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 8.2m
No. of stones: 10 Size of stones: Small only
Orientation: 113° Altitude: 393m
Upper end: Cairn? Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignment and prehistoric field system
Notes: Cairn at upper end described by Woolner has not been confirmed by later work. A very slight mound at the upper end may be the cairn described by Woolner, but it does not seem to contain stones and may therefore represent a build-up of vegetation [27.02.2018].

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Plausible. No substantiated doubts haved been expressed regarding this row despite the fact that it has not been seen properly since the 1960’s.


Individual Stones

Plan of Laughter Tor 2 stone row showing position of lettered stones.

Stone F is 0.2m square, 0.05m high and is orientated at 125°.

Stone E is 0.23m long by 0.15m wide, 0.05m high and is orientated at 315°.

Stone I is 0.25m long by 0.15m wide, 0.05m high and is orientated at 295°.

Stone B is 0.33m long by 0.25m wide, 0.05m high and is orientated at 120°.

Stone A is 0.34m long by 0.16m wide, 0.07m high and is orientated at 292°.

Stone G is 0.22m long by 0.12m wide, 0.05m high and is orientated at 300°.

Stone J is 0.22m long by 0.14m wide, 0.07m high and is orientated at 300°.

Stone D is 0.29m long by 0.18m wide, 0.07m high and is orientated at 190°.

Stone H is 0.30m long by 0.17m wide, 0.27m high and is orientated at 300°.

Stone C is 0.28m long by 0.15m wide, 0.07m high and is orientated at 351°.

Photographs

Tiny stone barely visible within the heather forms part of the Laughter Tor 2 stone row.

Looking south east along the row. The postions of the stones are marked by blue flags. The large stone stands at the upper end of Laughter Tor 1 (Scale 1m).

Looking north west along the row. The postions of the stones are marked by blue flags. The large slab in the foreground may have formed part of the row or is more likely to be natural (Scale 1m).

The large pillar at the upper end of Laughter Tor 1 with Laughter Tor 2 beyond denoted by blue flags. View from north east (Scales 1m). 

View from east showing the relative positions of Laughter Tor 1 (the large standing stone) and Laughter Tor 2 marked with blue flags (Scale 1m).

Looking north west along the row. The position of the row provides extensive views of the northern moor.

View from above and north west of the row and standing stone at the top of Laughter Tor 1 (Scales 1m).

View from above and the south east (Scale 1m).

View from above and east showing the relative position of the two rows at Laughter Tor (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.


Acknowledgements

Janet Daynes helped with the survey and recording.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Other References

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

[Last updated: 27 February 2018]

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