Exmoor

wpp1060101a Porlock Common NW

Double row at Porlock Common, South West 

Exmoor in the South West of England has at least 32 stone alignments and a large number of stone settings. The Gazetteer currently includes the monuments considered most likely to represent the remains of stone alignments and in the future the abundant stone settings and quincunxs will be added.  The stone alignments on Exmoor consist mainly of small stones and are often described as minilithic.  The Exmoor alignments are generally very different in character to the Dartmoor ones, although some share several characteristics and there are enough similarities to indicate that they belong to the same tradition. The small size of the stones used in the construction of these alignments means that none of them make a significant architectural statement and this emphasises that their builders were not seeking to create highly visible monuments. The contrast with the avenues at West Kennet and alignments at Callanish are notable.

Map showing the location of Exmoor

Map showing the location of Exmoor

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Map showing the distribution of Exmoor stone alignments (Google My Maps). Click on map to open an interactive version permitting direct access to the individual Gazetteer entries.

Exmoor stone alignments at a glimpse

No. of alignments 32
Number of single alignments 13
Number of double alignments 11
Number of triple alignments 5
Number of multiple alignments 2
Maximum length 420m
Minimum length 9m
Average length 73m
Longest row White Ladder
Shortest row Furzehill Common and Longstone Barrow
Total number of recorded stones 492
Average number of stones in each alignment 16
Alignments including small stones 27
Alignments including medium stones 23
Alignments including large stones 0
Average orientation 82°
Average altitude 388m
Highest alignment Codsend Moor (472m)
Lowest alignment Mattocks Down (216m)
Cairn at the top of alignment 4
Cairn at the bottom of alignment 2
Scheduled alignments 12

A summary of information for the individual stone alignments can be viewed by clicking on the site names below. Further information and commentary will be added in the future.  Whilst it is believed that the existing information is accurate, mistakes inevitably occur and should you spot any your help in improving this resource would be much appreciated. Your help will of course be fully acknowledged. Please use the contact button to get in touch.

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