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MSO10896 - Broadbarrow stone at Roosthitchen

ENPHER Number:MSO10896
Name:Broadbarrow stone at Roosthitchen
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 7177 4002

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A boundary stone is recorded in the Exmoor Forest Perambulation and on historic mapping, but appears to have been moved at some time between 1962 and 1976. It may or may not have been incorporated into an enclosure wall.

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Medieval to AD 20th Century - 1066 AD? to 1962 AD? (Possible))

Designated Status: none recorded


A stone is recorded at SS 7178 4002. There is no trace of this boundary stone on the ground. It is not depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 dated 1890. [1]

In a perambulation of the bounds of the manor of Challacombe Regis, about 1658, bound points include `the greatest stone above the Broadbarrow'. [2]

Point on the Parish and Forest boundary annotated `Stone on Broadbarrow'. [3].

Boundary point named `Broadbarrow Stone'. [4]

Broadbarrow stone marked on 6 inch Ordnance Survey map as being a boundary stone. [5]

SS 71777 40021 The site of Broadbarrow Stone.
In boundary perambulations of 1678 Broadburrough and Broadburrow are mentioned [2]. A dot is shown annotated Broadbarrow Stone on the 1888 1:2500 survey [6] on the boundary between Devon and Somerset, which also marked the Challacombe/Exmoor Parish boundary and the boundary of the Forest of Exmoor. On the 1902 revision [7] it is also annotated (as "B.S."). It must have been moved sometime after this as it was not shown during the 1976 Ordnance Survey revision [8] and there is now no trace of it.
An enclosure wall approaching from the west (i.e. the Devon side) ends abruptly on the County Boundary. The boundary stone may have been incorporated into the end of the wall and it could still be in situ; however nothing was seen to confirm this possibility. [9]

<1> Fletcher, M.J., Field Investigators Comments, RCHME Field Investigation, 5 January 1989 (Unpublished document). SMO7308.

<2> MacDermot, E.T., 1973, The History of the Forest of Exmoor, 360-1 (Monograph). SMO5058.

<3> 1839, Challacombe Tithe Map and Apportionment (Map). SEM7724.

<4> Ordnance Survey, 1868-1896, County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map, 1891 (Map). SEM6705.

<5> Ordnance Survey, 1962, 6 Inch Map: 1962 (Map). SEM7220.

<6> Ordnance Survey, 1868-1901, County Series, First Edition 25 Inch Map, 1888, Somerset 11(1) (Map). SEM6703.

<7> Ordnance Survey, 1902-1907, County Series, Second Edition 25 Inch Map, 1902, Somerset 11(1) (Map). SEM7190.

<8> Ordnance Survey, 1976, 1:2500, Sheet SS 7140 (Unpublished Surveyors Field Sheet) (Map). SEM7737.

<9> Sainsbury, I.S.S, Field Investigators Comments, RCHME Field Investigation, 1 May 1995 (Unpublished document). SMO7324.

Related records

MEM22088Part of: Exmoor Royal Forest (Monument)

Other References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 32755
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/116
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21218
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6961
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6987
  • Local List Status (Require info)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW77
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW89
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 871894
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 895576
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33035
Date Last Edited:Jan 31 2017 12:19PM


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