Sherberton Common

The remains of the feature identified by R.N. Worth as a double stone row. View from east.

According R.N. Worth this is a double stone row that measured 68.6m long situated on a gently sloping south facing slope. According to him the row was destroyed in 1897 shortly after its discovery. The rows were described as being between 8 and 9 feet apart and included some contiguous stones. Jeremy Butler suggested that it was a passage similar to one surviving at Fernworthy Reservoir but he was unable to identify the site of the feature described by Worth (Butler, J., 1997, 214). Fresh fieldwork has identified the structure, which survives comparatively well and is clearly a passageway leading to a robbed roundhouse from a length of prehistoric rubble walling. The structure has only been partly robbed and several stones remain together with the original 1897 stone robbing pits.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor    SX 69175 73234     Lat 50.54412896   Long 3.84779633

Map showing the location of Sherberton Common passageway.

Plan showing the position of the passageway (red) on Sherberton Common relative to prehistoric field boundaries (light brown). The red dots represent surviving stones and stone pits. Source GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard and Chris Jenkins.

Characteristics

Type: Not a stone row Length: 68.6m
No. of stones: N/A Size of stones: ?
Orientation: 136° Altitude: 348m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: ?
Context:
Notes: Originally recorded on this website as a possible stone row it is now clear that this is a passageway within a prehistoric field system.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Not a stone row.  Despite stone robbing at the end of the 19th century this structure is clearly the remains of a passageway associated with a prehistoric field system.  


Photographs

Looking south east along the passageway.

Looking north west along the passageway.


Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 69481 73116. Walk north west for about 300m. This whole area is a palimpsest of prehistoric and historic fields.


Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Chris Jenkins for finding this structure and helping with the fieldwork. Shortly after we discovered this site Chris sadly died.  This site therefore will for me at least always be associated with him. Thanks for all your help.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Historic Environment Record     Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor


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. 1 – The East, Devon Books Exeter, pg.120.

Butler, J. 1997, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 5 – The Second Millennium B.C.

Worth, R.N., 1895, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, XXVII pg. 441-2.


Timeline

VISITED:- 14th May 2015 and 2nd August 2020

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd October 2020

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