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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Trowlesworthy East row
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Plymouth  Nearest Village: Yelverton
Map Ref: SX57626383  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.456977N  Longitude: 4.007137W
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
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
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5 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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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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Catrinm visited on 29th Jan 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Fab meandering double row

SandyG visited on 16th May 2015 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 4 Access: 3 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 57717 63693 then head north alongside the leat for about 280m at which point Trowlesworthy Row 1 will be reached. Trowlesworthy Row 2 is a short distance further on below the leat.

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.5 Ambience: 4 Access: 3.5

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by SandyG : Looking along the length of the row. Its sinuous character is revealed. View from south (12th April 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)
On the lower slopes of Trowlesworthy Tor, above the marshes surrounding the Blacka Brook, are found a couple of stone rows, one single and one double, each with its own cairn and circle of stones at their head.

The eastern of the two rows is a splendid double avenue which runs away diagonally across the hillside in a southerly direction from its cairn and circle for a length of 127 metres. Most of the original stones still remain of the avenue, spaced at a distance of between one and 1.8 metres apart from each other, with intervals between the paired stones also varying between 1 and 2 metres. The stones are generally much larger than those used in many of the Dartmoor avenues.

A couple of leats cut through the avenue, the higher one now dry and largely filled in, but the lower of the leats is still very wide and deep carrying water to the Lee Moor clayworks. Apart from having cut away a couple of rows of stones, it provides a formidable barrier to cross when following the line of the avenue, I had to walk several hundred metres along the leat before I was able to cross!

The avenue is not straight, for most of its length not being in direct alignment with its terminal cairn and circle. The lower end of the avenue is now lost within some medieval tin streaming works, but the stones down here are fairly large and may indicate that the end of the row would not be too far away. Two or three more standing stones can be seen within the tinning works, which may indicate where the row used to run.

Not far away to the southwest stands a large pillar, possibly once a terminal end stone for the rows, but possibly a more modern post of some kind erected here.

from Tom Bullock
"Row Length: 416 feet, Number of stones: 110 of 120
This impressive, and generally complete, 416-foot avenue leads N to join the 22-foot diameter Trowsleworthy Warren E circle. It is 4 feet 6 inches wide, but was not precisely laid out, running well W of the cairn center until curving towards it at the upper end."

Update August 2019: This stone row is featured on both the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Trowlesworthy E. Stone Row and the Stone Rows of Great Britain website's page for Trowlesworthy 1.

More information can be found at Pastscape Monument No. 439217, and the Devon & Dartmoor HER MDV2421 (Stone row 440 metres south of Great Trowlesworthy Tor). The row is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1012114 (Double stone alignment with a terminal stone setting south of Great Trowlesworthy Tor).

The SRoGB, in addition to including a description, a plan of the row and photographs, includes a separate entry for Sea Views at Trowlesworthy 1, which describes how views of the sea are visible from parts of the row, but not from others.
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Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by SandyG : The row meanders like a path up the side of the hill. View from south (12th April 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by SandyG : Low light enhances the row. It would be interesting see what the row looks like when the winter sun is shining directly along the row. View from north (12th April 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by SandyG : The row is composed of stones of different sizes and shapes. View from south west (12th April 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Bladup : Trowlesworthy East row. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Catrinm : Trowlesworthy East double row Dec 23

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Catrinm : Double row with sea views - in parts

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Bladup : Trowlesworthy East row

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Bladup

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Postman : Trowlesworthy East stone rows with a stone circle at the end.

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Postman : The south end of the rows, looking distinctly boat shaped.

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Postman : Looking up the rows to the stone circle

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Postman : Large fallen stone part way up.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by Postman : The prow of the stone row, or maybe the stern, either way it's boat shaped, at this end.

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Looking north along the Trowlesworthy East stone row. In the foreground, a large pillar stands, possibly once a terminal end stone for the rows, but possibly a more modern post of some kind erected here.

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Looking up the lower part of the Trowlesworthy East stone row.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Looking south down the lower part of the Trowlesworthy East stone row. Not far away to the southwest stands a large pillar, possibly once a terminal end stone for the rows, but possibly a more modern post of some kind erected here.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Looking south down the lower part of the Trowlesworthy East stone row.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : The Trowlesworthy East stone row

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Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Looking up the Trowlesworthy East stone row to The Pulpit circle.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Looking up the upper end of Trowlesworthy East stone row to The Pulpit circle.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Seen looking south between stones of the circle, the Trowlesworthy East stone row runs down across the hillside from The Pulpit.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by TheCaptain : Seen looking south, the Trowlesworthy East stone row runs down across the hillside from The Pulpit circle.

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by SandyG : An impressive site or should that be sight enhanced by the light (30th April 2013).

Trowlesworthy East row
Trowlesworthy East row submitted by SandyG : Double row ascending the lower slopes of Great Trowlesworthy Tor. View from south west (12th April 2013). (2 comments)

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