Furzehill Common 5

General view from the south west.

A triple stone row measuring 37.6m long, including 15 small and medium-sized stones situated on a narrow gently sloping terrace on an east facing hillside. The row is orientated north to south and there are large numbers of stone rows, settings and cairns in the vicinity.


England Devon Exmoor SS 73900 44704
Lat 51.187542   Long -3.80582602

Map showing the location of Furzehill 5 stone row


Plan of the Furzehill Common 5 triple stone row. (From Chanter & Worth, 1905, Plate V).

Plan of the Furzehill Common 5 triple stone row.  Upright stones shown black and socket holes shown grey (Source Chanter & Worth, 1905, Plate V and fieldwork by Sandy Gerrard).

Map showing the position of Furzehill Common 5, other stone rows and other sites around Furzehill Common (Source: Exmoor National Park HER). 


Type: Triple Length: 37.6m
No. of stones: 15 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 172° Altitude: 345m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes*
Context:  Standing stone and cairn
Notes: * Both Google Earth Earth and Heywhatsthat indicate that the sea should be visible from this row. The sea was not seen at the time of the field visit but visibility was relatively poor. This said the layout of the land suggests that the digital mapping in this area may be inaccurate.  Future fieldwork will confirm or refute the claim that the sea is at the limit of visibility.

Other Information

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


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


This stone row is of Type T10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Copyright: Martyn Copcutt. Original available at Megalithic Portal.


View from north west (Scale 1m).

Stones 3 and 6. View from the north (Scale 1m).

Stones 3 and 6. Butter Hill just protrudes above the near horizon.  This visual treat may have been of significance to the row builders. View from south. 

Stones 3, 6 and 8. Butter Hill on the right and Wind Hill on the left are at the limit of visibility. View from south.

Individual Stones

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones and hollows.

Stone 3 measures 0.36m high. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 measures 0.51m high. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 measures 0.49m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 6. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 7 measures 0.40m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 7. View from the north (Scale 1m).

Stone 8 is recumbent and measures 0.06m high. View from south east (Scale 1m). 

Stone 9 measures 0.23m high. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 11 measures 0.25m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 12 is recumbent and measures 0.15m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Access Information

This row can be reached either by walking from Brendon Two Gates (SS 76507 43252) which takes you past the rows on Cheriton Ridge or from Shallowford (SS 71409 44955) which avoids a couple of steep climbs.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record      Transactions Devonshire Association

Other References

Chanter, J.F. and Worth, R.H., 1905, ‘The rude stone monuments of Exmoor and its Borders’, Trans. Devonshire Association, 1905, 393.


VISITED:- 28th April 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020

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