Tom’s Hill stone row. View from south.
A wide double stone row (or avenue) measuring 17.5m long, including 6 medium-sized stones situated on a gentle west facing slope. The row is orientated north to south and stands in the vicinity of several cairns, stone settings and two stone rows.
|England||Somerset||Exmoor||SS 80197 43285|
|Lat 51.17617416 Long -3.71529149|
Map showing the location of Tom’s Hill stone row.
Plan of the Tom’s Hill stone row. (From Chanter & Worth, 1906, Plate IV).
Plan of the Tom’s Hill stone row. (After Chanter & Worth, 1906, Plate IV).
Map showing the position of Tom’s Hill, other stone rows and other sites (Source: Exmoor National Park HER).
|Type: Double||Length: 17.5m|
|No. of stones: 6||Size of stones: Only medium|
|Orientation: 179°||Altitude: 371m|
|Upper end: –||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) : No||Sea View: No|
|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 D1. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.
The northern four stones highlighted by arrows. Dense vegetation makes it difficult to appreciate this row. View from south.
Plan of Tom’s Hill stone row showing the position of the numbered stones shown below.
Stone 1 stands up to 0.43m high. View from south west (Scale 1m).
Stone 1. View from south east (Scale 1m).
Stone 2 stands up to 0.42m high. View from west (Scale 1m).
Stone 2 with Stone 1 in the background. View from east (Scale 1m).
Stone 3 stands up to 0.51m high. View from west (Scale 1m).
Stone 3. View from north west (Scale 1m).
Stone 4 stands up to 0.58m high. View from south west (Scale 1m).
Stone 4. View from north west (Scale 1m).
Stone 5 is recumbent. View from north east (Scale 1m).
Stone 6 stands up to 0.43m high. View from north west (Scale 1m).
Stone 6. View from south east (Scale 1m).
Stone 6. View from south (Scale 1m).
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 west to SS 80073 43241. The row is a short distance to the east. Having made the effort it is worth having look at the nearby rows at East Pinford and Trout Hill
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, 542-3.
VISITED:-23rd April 2018
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020