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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Fernworthy stone row SE Alternative Name: Fernworthy row 2, Fernworthy row 'A', '5D' and '6D'
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Chagford
Map Ref: SX65498407
Latitude: 50.640753N  Longitude: 3.903649W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
2 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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SandyG visited on 28th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 1 Amb: 3 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 65948 83908. From here head west on the forestry track to SX 65477 84039. In the clearing on your right are a stone circle, cairns and two stone rows. Fernworthy 2 is situated in this clearing to the SSE of the stone circle.

graemefield visited on 5th Aug 2008 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3

TheCaptain davidmorgan have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 1.5 Ambience: 3.5 Access: 3.5

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by davidmorgan : One of the stones in the SE row with Fernworthy Circle behind. (Vote or comment on this photo)
The Fernworthy southeastern stone row, stone row 2, is found between the cairn 4 and the circle. The row is short and of small stones, hard to tell whether it is a single row, or a double row with little space between the two rows, rather like on Harford Hill.

This area was once covered by forest, so working out what is here is not made easy, perhaps there is more buried under the forest floor. The northern terminus of the row has a cairn, but there is nothing obvious of the southern terminus, with just 20m of stones to be seen.

Update October 2019: This stone row is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Fernworthy S.E. Stone Row and the Fernworthy Ceremonial Complex

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 443898 and on the Devon and Dartmoor HER as MDV6556 (Eastern Stone row to south of Fernworthy Stone Circle). The row is also scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1017984 (A stone circle, known as Fernworthy Circle, three stone alignments and five cairns 425m and 525m north west of Sandeman Bridge).

The Stone Rows of Great Britain also includes an entry for this alignment - see Fernworthy 2 (SE), which includes a description, photographs of the alignment and the individual stones, a plan showing the inter-relationship of the Fernworthy stone rows and their associated stone circle and cairns, plus access information and links to other online resources for more information.
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Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by Bladup : Fernworthy stone row SE (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by Postman : Fernworthy stone row SE (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by TheCaptain : The southeastern stone row is short and of small stones, hard to tell whether it is a single or a double row with little space between the two rows. The northern terminus of the row has a cairn, but there is nothing obvious of the southern terminus, with just 20m of stones to be seen. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by TheCaptain (Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by TheCaptain

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by SandyG : Tiny stones protruding through the turf make this row difficult to photograph. A useful reminder however that many rows include stones which would have required very little effort to move and raise. This does not detract from their significance although it is perhaps remarkable that they have survived so well for so long.

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by AngieLake : Looking back over the kist towards SE row, where you can see the wooden marker post in previous photo, and also just see the marker post of the southern row (Worth's row A) in the sunlit area to its right. Worth calls the SE row 'C' in his plan (see Fernworthy circle site page.) March 2011.

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by AngieLake : The larger stone must be in the row, which Hansford Worth calls 'C' in his plan (see Fernworthy circle site page), and the two stones to the left of the little dog are the kist. My friend is beside the circle. March 2011.

Fernworthy stone row SE
Fernworthy stone row SE submitted by AngieLake : A Dartmoor National Park Authority signpost numbered '5D' and '6D', in Hansford Worth's area 'C' on his plan (see Fernworthy Circle site page). These numbers must indicate the row and the kistvaen, or maybe the cairn he shows. The row's stones are very small, but can just be seen in the grass to right of post. The circle is just visible in the sunlit area. (Photo taken in March 2011, and not ...

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 20m N 359° Fernworthy Cairn SE* Cairn (SX65498409)
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Re: Fernworthy SE (Or Fernworthy C as described by R Hansford Worth) by AngieLake on Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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Excerpt from a booklet titled: “ 'The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1' by R. Hansford Worth." "[Reprinted from The Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art, 1946. Vol. lxxviii pp. 285-315.]”
(This A5 booklet was bought in a charity shop in Exeter recently, and has no copyright ref.)
Worth presents his list of rows in sections under the name of the river or watershed of each area.

South Teign
FERNWORTHY GROUP
The Fernworthy Group consists of two fairly well preserved double rows, and the remnant of another. It is unusual in that a stone circle (as opposed to a retaining circle) is more closely associated with the rows than in any other group. A plan is needed to supplement the written description; see plate 38.

42. FERNWORTHY C.

Abreast of row A, at a distance of 44 feet to the east, lies the centre of a cairn; and at a distance of 72 feet from the row a kistvaen in a barrow. From the centre of the cairn to the kist is a distance of 104 feet; between the two are clear evidences of a ruined double row, which is thus 104 feet in length. The direction of length is N. 19⁰ E.
From the graves associated with this group has come the best evidence which we have as to the probable period to which the rows must be attributed; a food vessel of beaker ware, and a horn button or dress fastener. It will be remembered that beaker ware was found in a kistvaen associated with the Drizzlecombe rows. The elevation of the ground at the stone circle is 1,350 feet O.D. falling somewhat N. and S. from this point.
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