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Submitted by Brian Byng on Saturday, 06 November 2004  Page Views: 5146

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Merrivale SW row 3 Alternative Name: Merrivale 3; Butler Merrivale C; Burl Merrivale D; Worth Merrivale C
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Merrivale
Map Ref: SX5539474761  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.554672N  Longitude: 4.042711W
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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lucasn visited on 27th Jun 2019 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Anne T visited on 14th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 3 Access: 4 Merrivale Row 3/C: Without Sandy G being there to tell us, I would have struggled to identify this as a stone row in its own right, but with Sandy pointing out where it joining up at an angle with Merrivale 2/B and with the cairn at its head, it became more obvious. The cairn is recorded as a separate site page here, so I'm adding the same visit report number, as I've recorded them both together, as the Pastscape record (440357).

Richard13 visited on 1st Jul 2018 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

SandyG visited on 15th Feb 2015 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 55313 75017 or SX 56050 74895. The row is a short walk away from either car park. It is worth having a look at the well preserved Bronze Age settlement a short distance to the north of the row.

graemefield visited on 1st Jan 2008 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 3 Access: 3

woodini254 visited on 15th Mar 1994 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Twistytwirly visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

AngieLake have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.14 Ambience: 4.14 Access: 3.86

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : In the foreground, Merrivale Single Row 3 (see thecaptain's overview plan) at sunset on 21st September, the day before the Autumn Equinox, 2004. In the distance, in the glare of the setting sun, can be seen the two west end stones of the southern row. Two other taller stones on the south side of that southern row are also visible above centre, and to right of pic. ('Thecaptain' has a theory that... (Vote or comment on this photo)
Merrivale SW stone row 3, part of the Merrivale complex on western Dartmoor in Devon.

Row 3 azimuth 26 length 48m GR 5539 7475 Burl calls this D.

Most of the stones are barely visible above the peat. At one end there is a cairn adjacent to the main SE row whilst at the far end there is a blocking stone across the row.

This stone row, plus the cairn at its head (northern end) are recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 440357, as MDV5001 (Short Stone Row, Merrivale) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List ID 1013429 (Three stone alignments, ten cairns, three stone hut circles and a length of the Great Western Reave on Longash Common).

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Merrivale C Stone Row and the Merrivale Ceremonial Complex [Photo Set 1].

The Stone Rows of Great Britain also includes an entry for Merrivale 3, describing the alignment as: "A single stone row measuring 60m long, including 14 small-sized stones situated on a gentle west facing slope with extensive views towards Bodmin Moor. The row is orientated NNE to SSW and the stone at the NNE end has been incorporated into a cairn suggesting that the cairn was added later. A restricted view of the sea may be of significance". Their entry also includes a plan of all the monuments at Merrivale, illustrating their relationships to each other, photographs, access information and a list of online resources for more information.

The SRoGB adds: "The stones at the northern end of the row have been incorporated into a later cairn. This indicates that the row was earlier than the cairn", and includes photographs illustrating this feature.
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Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by Anne T : The cairn at the head, and some of the stones of, Merrivale stone row 3, showing how this row comes off at an angle from Merrivale 2. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : Merrivale's short SW row, taken around 5.30pm on 26th March. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by Brian Byng : I know you have some pics for Merrivale but you dont have these. They were all taken in 2000 as indeed were most of the pics already sent. At Merrivale there are two smaller rows in addition to the two large ones that everyone notices. Burl gives the same grid ref for both which is wrong. Row 3 azimuth 26 length 48m GR 5539 7475 Burl calls this D. Most of the stones are barely visible abo... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by Bladup : Merrivale SW row 3 and cairn (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by Anne T : The cairn at the NNW end of the Merrivale 3 stone row, with some of the stones from the row incorporated into it, "suggesting the row pre-dates the mound".

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : SandyG beside the small SW row, with the south, or central, row behind him to the right. 14th May.

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : Looking along the line of stones of row 3 towards Great Mis Tor, approx NNE. The stones of the southern row cross the centre of photo from L to R. Two larger ones (one is quite dark) are clearly seen here but others are so small they're shrouded by grass. The red dot in the distance is a van on the main road. Approx 6.10pm 9th April.

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : Merrivale SW Row 3 taken around 6pm on 9th April, with North Hessary Tor's transmitter in the distance at approx ESE.

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by SandyG : Row in the foreground with southern row behind (24th March 2013).

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : Row 3 [centre right] looked particularly nice in the glow of the setting sun this Autumn Equinox evening. The foreground stones belong to the narrow southern row. View S towards King's Tor.

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by AngieLake : Merrivale row 3, looking towards Great Mis Tor, at approx NNE/NE. [Two larger stones in background were part of the southern of the two main long stone rows, or avenues.]

Merrivale SW row 3
Merrivale SW row 3 submitted by Brian Byng : Row 3 azimuth 26 length 48m GR 5539 7475 Burl calls this D. Most of the stones are barely visible above the peat. At one end there is a cairn adjacent to the main SE row whilst at the far end there is a blocking stone across the row.

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 11m NNE 32° Merrivale Centre S* Cairn (SX55407477)
 37m ENE 74° Merrivale Centre N* Cairn (SX55437477)
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 105m NW 318° Merrivale N circle* Stone Circle (SX5532674841)
 112m SW 235° Cairn south of Stone Row B (Merrivale)* Cairn (SX553747)
 138m SSW 197° Merrivale circle* Stone Circle (SX55357463)
 154m ENE 70° Merrivale NE circle* Stone Circle (SX55547481)
 167m E 82° Merrivale Centre Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55567478)
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 999m ESE 106° Yellowmeade Farm* Cairn (SX56357446)
 1.0km SSE 161° King's Tor* Rock Outcrop (SX557738)
 1.2km WSW 251° Vixen Tor* Cist (SX5424074392)
 1.2km WSW 247° Standing Stone next to Vixen Tor * Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5424374307)
 1.9km NE 51° Mis Tor Farm Cairn (SX56927594)
 2.0km WSW 255° Windy Post Cross* Ancient Cross (SX53437428)
 2.1km W 263° Barn Hill Cairn (SX53337458)
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