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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Hart Tor south row Alternative Name: Hartor south; Butler Row 2; Hart Tor South
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Princetown
Map Ref: SX57687168  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.527543N  Longitude: 4.009284W
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:
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3Ordinary
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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
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5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
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2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
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SandyG visited on 20th Oct 2014 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Roadside car parking is available at SX 56985 71765. From here the row can be reached across open moorland. The row is situated about 600m to the east. The River Meavy needs to be crossed and it is usually possible to do this via a very narrow “footbridge”.

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Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by Brian Byng : Hart Tor south row view looking southwest (Vote or comment on this photo)
Single Stone row situated on the south-western slopes of Hart Tor, just across the river Meavy from Black Tor.

There are two stone rows at Hart Tor. Burl does list the Hart Tor double row in the gazeteer of his book but it is under the section headed Avenues! A double and a single row each originate from two of three cairns. The double row is in good condition except at the lower end where tinning works have cut into it. The double row SX 5770 7170 is 126 m long azimuth 76 & has about 80 surviving sones. The single row SX 5771 7169 is 61 m long az 60 & has 14 stones.

Update October 2019: This stone row is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Hart Tor South Stone Row and the Hart Tor Stone Row & Cairn Circle, which tells us: "The single row consists of 16 stones and is 56.4m long, although Gerrard suggests it was probably once much longer. The single row leads to a cairn".

Both rows at Hart Tor are recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 440118, and this row as MV4895 (Southern row of Harter group, Walkhampton Common).

The alignment is also recorded on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Hart Tor, South, which includes a description, photographs of the alignment and the individual stones, a plan of the Hart Tor alignments and their terminal cairns, plus access information and links to other online resources for more information.

The area generally is scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1020129 (Tinworks and other archaeological remains in the Meavy valley at Stanlake, Black Tor, Hart Tor and Cramber Tor). PDW also gives us links to Sandy Gerrard's (SandyG's)The Heritage Journal articles for more information: The Stone Rows and Cairns at Hart Tor, Dartmoor (Part One) and The Stone Rows and Cairns at Hart Tor, Dartmoor (Part Two).
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Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by Postman : Stones leading to a cairn. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by Postman : (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by SandyG : Single row with double row in the background. View from south. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by SandyG : Single row leading downslope from the cairn. View from west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by TheCaptain : Hart Tor South Stone Row, Dartmoor, Devon SX577716 This is a view of the southern stone row looking up towards the cairn and Hart Tor. The northern row with its cairn and circle can be seen to the left of the picture

Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by TheCaptain : Hart Tor South Stone Row, Dartmoor, Devon SX577716 The southern cairn is slightly smaller, with a remaining circle of only small stones. The southern row leads downhill from here for about 60 metres. This is a view of the southern cairn and the top of the stone row looking towards Hart Tor.

Hart Tor south row
Hart Tor south row submitted by Brian Byng : Hart Tor south row view looking northeast

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 42m NE 43° Hart Tor North circle* Stone Circle (SX57717171)
 45m ENE 62° Hart Tor South Terminal Cairn* Cairn (SX57727170)
 51m W 280° Hart Tor north rows* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX57637169)
 212m S 187° Raddick Hill North* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX57657147)
 577m SSE 153° Raddick Hill Cist* Cist (SX57937116)
 616m WSW 248° Black Tor (Meavy)* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5710271463)
 755m WSW 244° Black Tor Stone Row Cairns (Stanlake)* Cairn (SX5699071370)
 822m SW 228° Stanlake Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX57057115)
 933m NNE 31° Hart Tor North prehistoric settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX5818572466)
 1.1km NNE 25° Hart Tor North ring cairn* Ring Cairn (SX5819872694)
 1.2km WSW 258° Leeden Tor* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5652271474)
 1.4km N 359° Meavy Head Settlement Ancient Village or Settlement (SX577731)
 1.5km SSE 150° Crazy Well Cross* Ancient Cross (SX58387039)
 1.5km NW 320° Walkhampton Enclosed Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX56747286)
 1.5km SW 235° Stanlake Cist* Cist (SX5641670852)
 1.6km SW 234° Sharpitor NE (2) Stone Row / Alignment (SX564708)
 1.6km SSW 207° Stan Lake Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX56917028)
 1.7km WSW 255° Leeden Hill* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX56017128)
 1.8km WSW 238° Sharpitor NE* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5613670785)
 1.8km W 281° Ingra Tor Cist* Cairn (SX5587272083)
 2.1km WSW 240° Sharpitor cairn circle* Cairn (SX5583870678)
 2.2km SSE 160° Down Tor North East (Northern)* Cairn (SX5838869568)
 2.2km SSE 160° Down Tor North East (Western)* Cairn (SX5838669565)
 2.2km SSE 160° Down Tor North East (Eastern)* Cairn (SX5839769562)
 2.2km NE 35° High Moorland Visitor Centre* Museum (SX59037348)
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Re: Hartor S by TheCaptain on Thursday, 17 June 2004
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Hart Tor Stone Rows, Hart Tor, Dartmoor, Devon SX577717
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Situated on the south-western slopes of Hart Tor, just across the river Meavy from Black Tor can be found the two Hart Tor stone rows. Parking is available beside the B3212 to the south west of Black Tor, leaving a walk of less than half a mile to the rows, but it can be tricky getting across the river in wet times.

The northern of the rows is a double row avenue which has its lower end at the river Meavy and progresses up the hillside in an easterly direction to a nice cairn at the upper end, 125 metres distant. It has been said that in the past, the lower end of the rows was marked with a giant monolith, which no longer remains. The two rows are about 1.7 metres apart, and the stones less than 2 feet in height. The cairn at the top of this avenue is about 9m in diameter, and is surrounded by a lovely ring of 15 stone slabs. It is possible that there is another ring of stones still present within the cairn.

Just to the south of the cairn circle is another, slightly smaller, cairn with a remaining circle of only small stones. The southern row leads downhill from here at an angle which takes it slightly away from the northern avenue. The stones are much smaller, and the row is much more ruined than its neighbour, and has a length of about 60 metres. Where the original end was is open to question.

Both rows have been cut through in the past by tin workers, with a large ditch and also a leat.
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