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Submitted by Brian Byng on Wednesday, 20 October 2004  Page Views: 5483

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Hamel Down row Alternative Name: Berry Pound row, Natsworthy row
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Moretonhamstead  Nearest Village: Manaton / Widecombe in the Moor
Map Ref: SX71488010  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.606422N  Longitude: 3.817606W
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
1 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
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.
no data 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
5

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SandyG visited on 21st Jan 2017 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 72089 80196. Please ensure that the gate onto the moor is not blocked. From the car parking area take the path leading westward. Do not follow the path leading beside the forestry on your right. This row is best visited during the winter months because it is obscured by bracken in the summer.

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Hamel Down row
Hamel Down row submitted by Bryan Byng : Reportedly destroyed, but now back from the dead ! Picture recently received from Brian Byng. Hameldown alignment or Berry Pound as Butler calls it at SX715801, viewed here looking east. It is quite a challenge to find widely spaced & only a few stones remain (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Row (Alignment) in Devon, Reportedly destroyed, but now back from the dead !

Hameldown alignment or Berry Pound as Butler calls it at SX715801. It is quite a challenge to find widely spaced & only a few stones remain.

Update October 2019: This stone row is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Hameldown N.E. Stone Row, which tells us: "To the south of Berry Pound is a small longhouse. 'Within the abandoned field 250m south of the longhouse are the probable remains of a single row first recorded in 1983. Five or six stones remain in line up to 206m apart, the rest having been removed or buried when the field was ploughed'."

There appears to be no entry for this site on Pastscape, but it is recorded as MDV18865 (Alignment) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER.

The row is also recorded on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Hameldown, which includes a description, photographs of the alignment and the individual stones, a plan of the row from a recent survey in January 2017, access information and a list of online resources for more information. The SRoGB notes that the row is largely obscured by bracken in summer.
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Hamel Down row
Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Simplified plan of the Hameldown stone row. Historic field boundaries are also shown. The red circle denotes the position of a hollow which was probably formed when a stone was removed. Stones plotted by GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard and field boundaries from Google Earth. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Cairn at the top of the row. The cairn has been truncated by a field boundary ditch. View from the west (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 7. View from the south (Scale 1m). This stone is set at right angles to the alignment of the row and may therefore represent the terminal stone. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 7. Standing stone measuring 0.68m long by 0.28m wide and 0.70m high. View from north east (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 6. Recumbent stone measuring 0.67m long by 0.38m wide and 0.28m high. View from east (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 5. Recumbent stone measuring 0.95m long by 0.40m wide and 0.25m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 3 in the foreground and stone 2 in the background. Stone 3 is 0.65m long by 0.27m wide and 52m high. View from east (Scale 1m).

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 2. Standing stone measuring 0.40m long by 0.25 wide and 57m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

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Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 1. View from west (Scale 1m).

Hamel Down row
Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Stone 1. Standing stone measuring 0.55m long by 0.30m wide and 0.60m high. Incorporated into a later historic field boundary. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Hamel Down row
Hamel Down row submitted by SandyG : Two stones forming part of the Hameldown stone row. View from east.

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 269m NW 317° Berry Pound Ancient Village or Settlement (SX713803)
 929m WSW 256° Broad Barrow (Hamel Down)* Round Barrow(s) (SX70577990)
 1.1km W 269° Hamel Down Cross* Ancient Cross (SX70428011)
 1.1km SW 234° Hamel Down* Barrow Cemetery (SX706795)
 1.1km WSW 236° Single Barrow (Hamel Down)* Round Barrow(s) (SX70577953)
 1.2km SW 222° Two Barrows (Hamel Down)* Round Barrow(s) (SX70657921)
 1.3km WNW 291° Hamel Down Platform Cairn (North)* Cairn (SX70318057)
 1.3km SW 217° Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)* Cairn (SX70687909)
 1.3km SW 214° Blackaton Down south (Hamel Down)* Cairn (SX70737904)
 1.4km SSW 207° Hamel Down Beacon cairn* Cairn (SX70837891)
 1.5km NW 314° Grimslake Cist* Cairn (SX7041881165)
 1.6km WNW 298° Grimspound* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX70078090)
 1.8km SSW 194° Hamel Down Cairn and Cist* Cairn (SX7100878345)
 2.0km NW 306° Hookney Tor Cairn* Cairn (SX6990281310)
 2.3km SE 141° Chinkwell Tor Cairn* Cairn (SX7293078250)
 2.5km WNW 283° Challacombe Down Standing Stone* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX69028072)
 2.6km WNW 285° Challacombe rows* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX68988082)
 2.6km WNW 285° Challacombe Down Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX68968083)
 2.6km E 81° Bowerman's Nose* Rock Outcrop (SX74108046)
 2.8km NW 312° Shapley Common Ancient Village or Settlement (SX69428206)
 2.9km NE 39° Easdon Hill Ring Cairn (SX73358231)
 2.9km ESE 116° Hound Tor Ring Cairn* Ring Cairn (SX7409778770)
 3.0km ESE 110° Hound Tor Enclosure* Causewayed Enclosure (SX74307897)
 3.2km WNW 298° Birch Tor Cairn* Cairn (SX6868681654)
 3.3km S 173° Saxon Well* Holy Well or Sacred Spring (SX718768)
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