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Submitted by Brian_Byng on Monday, 30 September 2002  Page Views: 12080

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Laughter Tor row 1 Alternative Name: Laugher Tor 1; Laughter Tor E; Laughter Man; Butler (map 28.12.1)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Two Bridges
Map Ref: SX65377532  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.562081N  Longitude: 3.902171W
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.
3 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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TheCaptain visited on 18th Sep 2020 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Now I am nearly back to Dunnabridge, time to sit in the sun for a rest to take in the views and finish my supplies. Damn, I have left the fruit in the car! The stone row should be just along a bit more then up on my right. There it is, but it’s a struggle to get to it from here through the heather and gorse. The row which is a double row of some 160m in length remains with a good section at each end but with very few stones remaining in between. The bottom dozen or so of stones are clear to be found, including a possible end stone, making a double row which leads up to the hillside to the longstone, of which only the top can be seen in the distance. The track of the row has been very roughly cleared of vegetation, and although it is good to have it cleared, it looks like quite a bit of damage has been done to the ground, and possibly some of the remaining intermediate stones damaged. Most of the intermediate section of the alignment has probably been used to build the wall which I now have to cross to get to the top part, of which about a dozen stones make a reasonable section well before the longstone.

SandyG visited on 26th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 64577 74591. From here take the bridleway north westward for about 900m. Take the path towards the tall stone at the upper end of the row. The Laughter Tor 2 row is situated very close to the upper end of Laughter Tor 1 row and depending on vegetation conditions may be visible.

AngieLake cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 4 Access: 3.5

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by cazzyjane : The double stone row on Laughter Tor. (Vote or comment on this photo)
A large standing stone and remains of two double stone rows can be found here on Laughter Tor.

Laugher Tor row 1, a double stone row, starts near the Longstone which is 2.4m high, and the row is 164 m long. Only the top & bottom section of the row can be seen. Near the longstone there are 8 small stones then a 120m gap with 14 stones at the lower end. I show two pics one from the longstone looking downhill & SE & one uphill towards the longstone to the NW. [The Laugher Tor 2stone row now has its own site page - see the 'nearby sites' list below.]

This standing stone and stone rows are recorded as:
Pastscape Monument No. 442476 (Standing Stone and double stone row); and
MDV53417 (Double stone row - query same as MDV6002?) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER.

The rows and standing stone are also scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1021047 (Two double stone alignments, cairn and standing stone 700m south west of Laughter Hole Farm).

The stone and stone row also features on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website - see their entries for the Laughtor Man Standing Stone, and the Laughter Tor E. Stone Row. Also see PDW's separate webpage for the Laughter Tor Stone Row

The Stone Rows of Great Britain also includes an entry for Laughter Tor 1, which includes a description, photographs, plans of the row, and illustrations of how the viewpoints change as you move along row 1.
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Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by AngieLake : Some of the end stones of the row leading away from Laughter Man towards the East Dart river in the valley below. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by TheCaptain : The row which is a double row of some 160m in length remains with a good section at each end but with very few stones remaining in between. This is the top part, of which about a dozen stones make a reasonable section well before the longstone. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by AngieLake : This long rectangular building also incorporates large stones that look as if they might possibly have come from an important feature of the ceremonial part of the site. It is tucked up under the south side of Laughter Tor, and, interestingly, built at the same angle as the stone rows some yards further south. (It may be seen directly behind the 'finger' of Laughter Man in the site photo - view ... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by Brian Byng : Laughter Tor. There are two double stone rows here @ SX 6521 7539. One row starts at the Longstone which is 2.4m high, and the row is 164 m long. Only the top & bottom section of the row can be seen. From the longstone there are 8 small stones then a 120m gap with 14 stones at the lower end. I show two pics one from the longstone looking downhill & SE & one uphill towards the longsto... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by AngieLake : This suspicious stone with the angled end is in the wall of the enclosure building just south of Laughter Tor, and could have been robbed from one of the rows.

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by TheCaptain : The row is a double row of some 160m in length with a good section at each end but with very few stones remaining in between. The bottom dozen or so of stones are clear to be found, including a possible end stone, making a double row which leads up to the hillside to the longstone, of which only the top can be seen in the distance.

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by TheCaptain

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by TheCaptain : The row is a double row of some 160m in length with a good section at each end but with very few stones remaining in between. The bottom dozen or so of stones are clear to be found, including a possible end stone, making a double row which leads up to the hillside to the longstone.

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by TheCaptain : The row which is a double row of some 160m in length remains with a good section at each end but with very few stones remaining in between. The track of the row has been very roughly cleared of vegetation, and although it is good to have it cleared, it looks like quite a bit of damage has been done to the ground, and possibly some of the remaining intermediate stones damaged. Most of the int...

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by TheCaptain : The row which is a double row of some 160m in length remains with a good section at each end but with very few stones remaining in between. This is the top part, of which about a dozen stones make a reasonable section well before the longstone.

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by AngieLake : Another view showing Jack ME at Laughter Tor rows, possibly 2004 (from old film photos).

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by AngieLake : Same visit, Jack ME studying the stone rows near Laughter Man. 2004? (Old film photos).

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by Bladup : Laughter Tor row pointing to the longstone on the horizon.

Laughter Tor row 1
Laughter Tor row 1 submitted by Bladup : Laughter Tor row.

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 161m WNW 290° Laughter Tor Longstone* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX65227538)
 180m WNW 288° Laughter Tor row 2* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65207538)
 908m SSE 168° Huccaby Rings Outer* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6554474428)
 1.0km SW 226° Dunnabridge Pound* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX64617462)
 1.3km WNW 284° Bellever Tor 10* Cist (SX64077568)
 1.5km NNW 339° Bellever Tor NE Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX64867675)
 1.6km NW 306° Bellever Tor 2* Cairn (SX6414076270)
 1.6km WNW 288° Bellever Tor 6* Cist (SX63897585)
 1.6km SSE 161° Huccaby Rings Inner* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6585473819)
 1.6km WNW 283° Bellever Tor 8 Cairn (SX63847572)
 1.6km WNW 295° Bellever Tor 3* Cairn (SX63917606)
 1.7km WNW 294° Bellever Tor 4* Ring Cairn (SX63867603)
 1.7km SSW 198° Sherberton stepping stones* Ancient Trackway (SX64817370)
 1.7km NW 310° Bellever Tor Cairn one* Cist (SX6408976465)
 1.7km NNW 328° Bellever Tor N Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX64487682)
 1.8km W 273° Bellever Tor 9* Cist (SX63587546)
 2.0km WNW 301° Black Newtake Enclosure Ancient Village or Settlement (SX63707636)
 2.0km NNW 339° Lakehead Hill Cairn 8* Cairn (SX6471777178)
 2.1km NNW 337° Lakehead Hill South Hut Circle* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX6459177291)
 2.2km NNW 341° Lakehead Hill Cairn 7* Cairn (SX6471477389)
 2.2km NNW 341° Lakehead Hill SE Stone Row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX64707740)
 2.3km NNW 328° Lakehead Hill South West Stone Row / Alignment (SX64187730)
 2.3km E 91° Sherwell Long Barrow* Long Barrow (SX677752)
 2.4km NNW 333° Lakehead Hill 6* Cairn (SX6435877467)
 2.4km NNW 333° Lakehead Hill 5* Stone Circle (SX6434677486)
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Re: Laughter Tor by AngieLake on Saturday, 14 May 2005
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In the book, 'Tales of a Dartmoor Village' (about Postbridge) the author, Miss Theo Brown, F.R.A.I., writing about Laughter Tor, said that:
"Laughter Tor is corrected to Lough Tor by Crossing; but it was Laddretorre in 1362!"
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Re: Laughter Tor by AngieLake on Monday, 10 January 2005
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Writing about Laughter Man in his excellent book, "From Carnac to Callanish", Aubrey Burl says that - "the tall terminal may originally have been a single menhir. It is at the head of the slope with a double row leading uphill from a barrow." He describes the stone as being "playing-card" in shape, and "a good 8ft 8 (2.6m) high, even after its re-erection." He adds that "the reconstruction may account for its longer axis being at an angle of some 10degs from the 113degs - 293degs of the row". Elsewhere in the book he gives Laughter Tor another name - "Lough Tor".
Out of curiosity, I extended the line of the angle of this row across the ordnance survey map, and the 113deg end passed at an angle between the 'breasts' of Yar Tor and Corndon Tor. (N of Yar Tor, and S of Corndon)! Did some star, or the moon, perhaps, rise between those two peaks when the row was in use? Maybe someone knows their sidereal and lunar events well enough to guess at that possibility? I would have thought it would be too late for the sun's appearance, unless it was a late (dawn) showing on the equinoxes?
Extended the other way, towards 293degs, the angle line would meet the Beardown Tors' summit (513m), SX 602772, west of Wistman's Wood.
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