Trendlebere Down

Trendlebere Down

Copyright: Angie Lake. Original available at Megalithic Portal

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 76600 79239     Lat 50.59972314   Long -3.74505179

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Simplified plan of Trendlebere stone row. Recumbent stones shown green (Source: Butler, J., 1991, 30).

Characteristics

Type: Single and double Length: 119m
No. of stones: 18 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 2° Altitude: 328m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: whilst most of the row is of the single type a couple of stones towards the northern end of the row suggest that either one side of a double has been largely removed or alternatively that a short length of it was of the double type. The second explanation is most plausible as other rows on Dartmoor (e.g. Drizzlecombe Row 1) have both single and double elements. The cairn at the upper end has been severely mutilated, presumably for road stone.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Plausible.  No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row. The only debate has centred around whether it is a single or double row.


Photographs

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Towards the lower (northern) end of the row it has the appearance of a double row. View from north (Scale 1m).

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The northern end of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).

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The stone on the right may indicate that at least part of the row is of the double type. View from north (Scale 1m). 

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Medium sized stones forming part of the central length of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).

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Medium sized stones forming part of the central length of the row. View from south west (Scale 1m).

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Looking northward along the row. Large recumbent slab in the foreground (Scale 1m).

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View from above of a large recumbent slab in the southern length of the row.  The stones nearest the top cairn are much larger than those towards the northern end (Scale 1m).

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The cairn at the top of the row. View from north (Scale 1m).


Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 76661 79035. From the car parking area walk northward along the road verge for about 200m . The row is a short distance below (north) of the road.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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. 1 – The East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.29-30.

 

 

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