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Submitted by Brian Byng on Wednesday, 20 October 2004  Page Views: 5401

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Penn Beacon SE Alternative Name: Penn Beacon South
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5994762546  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.445997N  Longitude: 3.973896W
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:
2Not Good
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.
2 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 7th Jul 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 2 Car parking is available at SX 57055 63069. From here take the track leading north east which follows the northern edge of the Whitehill Yeo china clay pit. Follow this track to SX 59215 62584 then head east for about 700m. The row at Penn Beacon SW may be visted en-route.

Penn Beacon SE
Penn Beacon SE submitted by SandyG : The stone row with china clay workings in the background. View from north east. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Row on the slopes of Penn Beacon, Dartmoor, Devon

This is a single stone row, Burl mentions it SE @ SX 598 627 - 66ft long, Emmett also mentions one in an Exeter University thesis which I have but do not read often as being @ SX 599 625 I know the row to be at SX 5992 6255 is 32m long. Eleven large stones lie flat on the ground. There is no cairn in either direction. The location of this row accords with the Emmett reference. but not with the one for Burl. As both of these references are only 6 figures they can only indicate a location somewhere within a box with 100m a side. There fore SX 599 625 is not destroyed. I never heard of SX 598 627 but interestingly Burl says it is a single row 66 ft long. I think it is actually SX 5992 6255 & Burl has the wrong reference again.

Update November 2019: This row is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Penn Beacon South, which tells us this row is: "A single stone row measuring 32.5m long, including at least 11 mainly medium-sized stones and a few small-sized stones situated on a south facing slope. The row is orientated WNW to ESE, unusually follows the contour and is situated close to the junction of two later reaves. Nearby are two further stone rows, cairns and several prehistoric settlements".

The SRoGB entry includes a plan of the row, photographs of the alignment, access information and a list of online resources for more information. They also include a section for 'Landscape Comments' which photographs and illustrates a number of interesting and intriguing visual links from the row.

This row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 439291 and as MDV2400 (Stone row at Penn Beacon, Cornwood) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER.

This row is also included on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Penn Beacon S. Stone Row, which includes a quote from Lethbridge, saying: "(this is) a single stone row, sixty-six feet long, the largest stone being about 2 1/2 feet high. This row is no more than a remnant". The SRoGB, who visited the site in both July 2013 and August 2019, updates this description, telling us the row in 32.5m long and includes at least 11 stones.
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Penn Beacon SE
Penn Beacon SE submitted by Brian Byng : Penn Beacon SE row at SX 5992 6255 looking north (Vote or comment on this photo)

Penn Beacon SE
Penn Beacon SE submitted by SandyG : Stone row with reave beyond. View from north west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Penn Beacon SE
Penn Beacon SE submitted by SandyG : Stone row viewed from the north with china clay works beyond. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Penn Beacon SE
Penn Beacon SE submitted by Brian Byng : Penn Beacon SE row at SX 5992 6255 looking south (Vote or comment on this photo)

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SX5962 : Penn Beacon, South prehistoric stone row by Sandy Gerrard
by Sandy Gerrard
SX5962 : View from Penn Beacon by Graham Horn
by Graham Horn
SX5962 : Boundary work on Penn Beacon by Graham Horn
by Graham Horn
SX5962 : Reave below Penn Beacon by Guy Wareham
by Guy Wareham
SX5962 : Hut Circle, Penn Beacon by Chris Andrews
by Chris Andrews

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 213m NW 315° Penn Beacon NE Stone Row / Alignment (SX598627)
 274m N 359° Penn Moor Reave West Misc. Earthwork (SX59956282)
 322m SSW 202° Penn Beacon Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX59826225)
 376m N 353° Penn Beacon Cairn* Cairn (SX59916292)
 419m W 260° Penn Beacon 1 Cairn Circle & Cist* Cairn (SX5953262482)
 432m WSW 258° Penn Beacon SW* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5952062471)
 492m NE 44° Penn Moor Reave East Misc. Earthwork (SX60306289)
 572m ENE 73° High-house Waste Ancient Village or Settlement (SX60506270)
 775m NW 320° Shell Top South-West stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX59466315)
 1.1km NW 326° Shell Top South West* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX59386344)
 1.3km N 350° Shell Top Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX5976163799)
 1.3km N 353° Shell Top Cairn Circle Ring Cairn (SX5983063830)
 1.5km W 259° Cholwichtown stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX585623)
 1.5km WSW 257° Cholwich Town Cairn Circle* Stone Circle (SX58466225)
 1.5km WNW 298° Lee Moor Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX586633)
 1.6km NW 305° Shell Top Chambered Cairn* Cairn (SX58666349)
 1.6km E 80° Dendles Waste* Cairn (SX61536279)
 1.7km SE 131° Rook Tor Ring Cairn (SX612614)
 1.9km NW 304° Lee Moor South* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5835963682)
 2.0km NW 305° Hanging Stone (Lee Moor)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58376371)
 2.3km ENE 64° Yealm Steps* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX62016348)
 2.4km NW 322° Upper Spanish Lake* Cist (SX58546445)
 2.4km ENE 64° Ranny Brook North Cist* Cist (SX62156355)
 2.4km S 179° Delamore House dolmen* Modern Stone Circle etc (SX5991760112)
 2.5km E 86° Harrowthorn* Cairn (SX6244662645)
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Re: Penn Beacon SE by SandyG on Thursday, 09 October 2014
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The photographs submitted of this site by Brian are of the single row at Higher White Tor at SX 61908 78318.
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Re: Penn Beacon SE by SandyG on Monday, 06 October 2014
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The previously posted photographs appear to be of another site.
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