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Stone Rows

Stone Rows

Along with the menhirs, stone circles, and kists of Dartmoor are the associated stone rows. It is estimated that there are 76 known stone rows and avenues all of which seem to have been built over a lengthy period of time. It is always difficult to date these features but …

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Stone Circles

Stone Circles

As with most highland zones of Britain Devon has a number of Bronze Age stone circles, 16 to be exact and of these 14 are to be found on Dartmoor. They range in size from a diameter of 17.7 metres to 38.2 metres which when compared to the larger Avebury …

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Stentiford’s Cross

Stentiford's Cross

Stentiford or Stittleford’s Cross is another often unseen feature of Dartmoor which stands in the corner of an old newtake wall near Hemsworthy Gate. Although it is now lumped together with the other stone crosses of Dartmoor technically speaking the ‘cross’ is an inscribed stone. I am as guilty as …

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Staldon Stone Row

Staldon Stone Row

Staldon stone row is the longest stone row on Dartmoor but there can potentially be a slight mix up with the much shorter row which lies 1.88 kilometres to the south on Stalldown. This is a good example of the dangers of place-name etymology as Staldon is a local dialect …

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Spurrell’s Cross

Spurrell's Cross

“We shall find the object of which we are in quest about a mile from the gate by which we have entered on the moor. It is the top of a shaft, and one of the arms of a very curious old cross, and it is much to be lamented …

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Spinster’s Rock

Spinster's Rock

The first legend attached to this and also the derivation of its name is as follows. There were once three local spinsters living nearby. These were not spinsters in the sense of single ladies but ’spinsters’ in the woollen sense, i.e. wool spinners . One morning before breakfast the three …

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South Zeal Cross

South Zeal Cross

If you travel down the main street of South Zeal in a south easterly direction you will soon encounter a small. slender cross mounted upon three granite pedestals forming a type of pyramid. If anything the cross seems out of proportion with the pedestals insomuch as it’s too slender for …

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Sourton Down Cross

Sourton Down Cross

As the holiday traffic piles down the A30 very few realise they are passing one of the older crosses to be found on Dartmoor. Also it serves as an example of re-cycling down through the ages as the granite feature bears the scars of the stone cutters chisel from early …

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Sittafod Stone Circle

Sittafod Stone Circle

Back in 2007 Alan Endacott discovered what he thought to have been some prone stones buried in the moorland peat which appeared to form part of a stone circle. This discovery was made some 300 metres to the south west of Sittaford Tor and about 900 metres to the south …

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Seven Lord’s Land

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‘Close to Hennesbury Gate is a hut-circle known as Seven Lords’ Lands, from the fact that seven manors meet there.’,  Page, p.217. ‘A gunshot or two from Hennesbury Gate, and close to the parish boundary wall, is a very perfect hut circle, or aboriginal dwelling, known from medieval times as …

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