Copyright: Angie Lake. Original available at Megalithic Portal
A combination single and double stone row measuring 119m long, including 18 stones of different sizes situated on a north east facing slope. The row is orientated north to south and leads from a large cairn at the upper southern end. There is another small cairn in the immediate vicinity.
|England Devon Dartmoor SX 76627 79233 Lat 50.59974 Long -3.7446199|
Map showing the location of Trendlebere Down stone row.
Simplified plan of Trendlebere stone row. Recumbent stones shown green (Source: Butler, J., 1991, 30).
|Type: Combined||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|
|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.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
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.
This stone row is of Type C12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.
Towards the lower (northern) end of the row it has the appearance of a double row. View from north (Scale 1m).
The northern end of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).
The stone on the right may indicate that at least part of the row is of the double type. View from north (Scale 1m).
Medium sized stones forming part of the central length of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).
Medium sized stones forming part of the central length of the row. View from south west (Scale 1m).
Looking northward along the row. Large recumbent slab in the foreground (Scale 1m).
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).
The cairn at the top of the row. View from north (Scale 1m).
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.
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.
VISITED:- 21st January 2017
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 4th April 2019