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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Fernworthy stone row SW Alternative Name: Froggymead S, Fernworthy row 3, Fernworthy row 'C', '1D' '2D' and '3D'
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Chagford
Map Ref: SX6547984105  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.641065N  Longitude: 3.903818W
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
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 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: 2 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 SW is situated in this clearing to the south of the stone circle.

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 3.67 Access: 3.67

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by thecaptain : Fernworthy South Avenue, leading to the stone circle. Picture from about 1995 (Vote or comment on this photo)
The Fernworthy southewestern stone row, stone row 3 is in a much better state of repair, possibly because of the lack of forest being grown on top of it! The row is a double row with the stones spaced about a metre apart, running in a north south alignment, of which about 35 metres can be determined.

The northern end is defined by its terminal cairn, but as with the other rows there is no clear difinition of its southern terminus.

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

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 443857 and on the Devon and Dartmoor HER as MDV14886 (Western 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).

This row is also recorded on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Fernworthy 3 (SW), which includes a description, photographs, a plan of the Fernworthy rows showing their relationship to the stone circle and associated cairns, access information plus links to other online resources for more information.
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Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by Bladup : Fernworthy stone row SW, Away from the circle (Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by Bladup : Fernworthy stone row SW, Towards the Circle (Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by TheCaptain : Looking back along the southewestern stone row from the circle (Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by TheCaptain : The southewestern stone row is a double row with the stones spaced about a metre apart, running in a north south alignment, of which about 35 metres can be determined. The northern end is defined by its terminal cairn, but as with the other rows there is no clear difinition of its southern terminus. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by TheCaptain

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by TheCaptain

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by TheCaptain

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by SandyG : Tiny stones form an integral part of this double row but are probably invisible (or at least even more difficult to photograph) during the summer months. The size of these stones means that they are often overlooked but most Dartmoor rows have them.

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by SandyG : Southern end of this double row. View from north.

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by SandyG : The northern end of this double row with the tiny stones highlighted with arrows. View from south. The stones in the background are the nearby stone circle. This row forms part of a really interesting ritual complex.

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by AngieLake : '1D' '2D' and '3D' on the Dartmoor National Park post marking the area of the southern row, or Hansford Worth's 'Fernworthy row A'. I still can't trace the info to interpret these numbered posts on Dartmoor Nat Park Auth website! I guess they mark the row and the cairn, and possibly the circle, too?

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by AngieLake : These large stones lie near the commencement of the southern avenue to Fernworthy circle and have been placed close to the forest road. I'm unsure if they were originally part of the complex, or just there to prevent any vehicle access up through the rows. The south stone of the circle can just be seen near the right of the gap in the distant fir trees. (The northern rows lead away through the...

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by AngieLake : Another view from one of the larger remaining stones of the multiple stone rows south of Fernworthy circle (also known locally as Froggymeade circle). The biggest stone in the circle (see above middle of pic) is at its south.

Fernworthy stone row SW
Fernworthy stone row SW submitted by AngieLake : Some of the stones in the southern rows leading to Fernworthy circle, October 2005. (Small ones hide in the brownish vegetation just to the right of the green path.) The largest stone in the circle, near right centre of pic, is at the south of the circle.

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Re: Fernworthy SW (or Fernworthy A, southern row) described by R. Hansford Worth by AngieLake on Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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Taken from an A5 booklet '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 publication had no 'copyright' refs.

Hansford Worth's descriptions of the rows are listed under their nearest river or watershed 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.

40. FERNWORTHY A, southern row.
A stone in the face of a stone wall* is probably taken from the row, of which, for present purposes, it has been taken as the end. The row is double, and measured from this assumed end to the centre of a cairn 25 feet in diameter which forms its northern terminal; it is 210 feet in length. The direction of length is N. 0⁰-30” W. The internal width is 3’-6”, equivalent to 4’-1” centre to centre of the stones, and the spacing of the stones along the length of the row is 3 feet centre to centre.
Seventy-two feet north from the centre of the cairn is the centre of a stone circle 64’-6” internal diameter. This circle is very nearly complete, with 26 stones standing and only four missing. In 1898 the circle was examined, nothing being found except charcoal lying on the surface of the calm or growan; there was no trace of any burial.
The position of the stone circle is, Devon, 6 inch O.S., lxxxix, S.E., lon. 3⁰-54’-9”, lat. 50⁰-38’-26 ½ “.

*Shall have to check this out. I don't recall seeing a wall in this position on my last visit. (Angie)
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