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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Butterdon East Alternative Name: Beacon Plain
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Wrangton
Map Ref: SX65905920
Latitude: 50.417314N  Longitude: 3.888904W
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
no data Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
no data 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.
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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 14th Apr 2024 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 3 Access: 3

SandyG visited on 4th May 2018 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Car parking is available at SX 64338 59550. Follow the bridleway heading east for 1.4km then head south. There is plenty to see in this area.

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2 Ambience: 3.5 Access: 2.5

Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : Eastern stone. A substantial fallen pillar measuring 5m long stands up to 0.56m above the surrounding ground. View from west (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)
Butterdon East is a single stone row, comprising 3 large stones making up a length of 55 metres.

Sitting at an altitude of 356 metres, the row has an orientation of 64 degrees and has a sea view. There is public access to the Butterdon East Stone Row, which sits within a landscape of stone rows, cairns, cists and prehistoric settlement on Dartmoor.

Described on Pastscape as Monument Number 441154, this record tells us that "three stones .... lie in a straight line ... suggesting that they are fallen menhirs".

This stone row is also recorded on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Butterdon East, which includes a description, a plan of the row and photographs. The row also features on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Beacon Plain A Standing Stone, which adds: "Th(e) western stone lies 55 meters from the other and tapers towards its northern end. Between the two are traces of two other stones, and the fact that they form a straight line lends weight to the argument that they are fallen menhirs. This western stone was excavated in august 1968, and groups of small stones were found at the broad end and along the w side as if to receive the stone when it was erected."
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Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : Eastern stone. View from south west (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : The central stone includes a 0.24m high set stump (behind ranging rod) and a recumbent fragment. View from west (Scale 1m). The row appears to be aligned on the distinctive Brent Hill. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : Western stone. When erect this stone would have probably been just over 5m high. This is considerably shorter than the surviving stones at Devil’s Arrows in North Yorkshire. View from north (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : Western stone. View from the west (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : Western stone. Traces of a trench around the edge of the stone are clearly visible. View from south (Scale 1m).

Butterdon East
Butterdon East submitted by SandyG : Central stone with western stone in the background. View from north east (Scale 1m).

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 526m SSW 213° Butterdon Hill Cairns* Cairn (SX6560158766)
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 1.2km N 351° Glasscombe Ball North (South Cairn)* Cairn (SX65736041)
 1.2km N 351° Glasscombe Ball North* Stone Row / Alignment (SX6573360429)
 1.3km N 353° Glasscombe Ball North (North Cairn)* Cairn (SX6578360473)
 1.3km SW 217° Addicombe Cairn and Enclosure* Cairn (SX651582)
 1.3km NNW 342° Hobajons Cross* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX65516047)
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