East Pinford

Location

England Somerset Exmoor SS 79674 42732
Lat 51.17108354   Long -3.72255053

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Plan of the East Pinford double stone row. (From Chanter & Worth, 1906, Plate V).

Plan of East Pinford stone row. Additional possible stones highlighted green (Source: Chanter & Worth, 1906, Plate V and fieldwork by Sandy Gerrard).

Type: Double Length: 17.3m
No. of stones: 9 Size of stones: Medium only
Orientation: 112.5° Altitude: 351m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns and stone alignments
Notes: Called West Pinford by Burl

Other Information

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

Interpretation

Category: Plausible.  No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row.

Photographs

View from south west (Scale 1m).

View from west (Scale 1m).

View from east (Scale 1m).

View from south east (Scale 1m).

View from north east (Scale 1m).

View from south east.

Individual Stones

Plan of East Pinford stone row showing the position of the numbered stones shown below.

Stone 1

Stone 1 measures 0.45m long by 0.16m wide and stands up to 0.12m high and may form part of the row. Alternatively it is is possible that it is natural outcrop.

Stone 2

Stone 2 measures 0.74m high. View from south east (Scale 1m). 

View of Stone 2 from north west (Scale 1m).

Stone 3

Stone 3 stands 0.30m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 4

Stone 4 stands 0.42m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 5

Stone 5 measures 0.27m long by 0.23m wide and stands up to 0.20m high and may form part of the row. Alternatively it is is possible that it is natural outcrop.. View from the west.

Stone 6

Stone 6 stands 0.12m high and may form part of the row. Alternatively it is is possible that it is natural outcrop.. View from the west.

 

Stone 7

Stone 7 stands 0.63m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

View from south of Stone 7. Stone 2 is visible in the background (Scale 1m).

Stone 8

Stone 8 stands 0.36m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

View from south of Stone 8 with Stone 3 in the background.

Stone 9

Stone 9 stands 0.57m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

View from north west of Stone 9 (Scale 1m).

Nearby mound

A short distance to the south of the stone row at SS 79626 42688 there is a small mound which may represent the remains of a cairn.

A small mound near to the stone row maybe broadly contemporary. View from the west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

This is not an easy row to reach. Car parking is available at SS 83523 42234. From here follow the footpath west past the Madacombe stone row and then head towards the footbridge at SS 80325 42848. After crossing the river follow the footpath to SS 79811 42666. Then head north west to the row.  Having made the effort it is worth having look at the nearby rows at Tom’s Hill and Trout Hill.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Transactions Devonshire Association

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. 216.

Chanter, J.F. and Worth, R.H., 1906, ‘The rude stone monuments of Exmoor and its Borders Part II’, Trans. Devonshire Association, 38, 543.

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