Site Event/Activity record EEM14708 - 2017: CW - Standing Stone on Honeycombe Hill



National Trust, The


October 2017


On the 4/10/2017, during part of a park wide survey of standing stones, it was discovered that two stones, which were previously recorded as standing in this area, had been damaged and lay recumbent next to their open setting holes. The first stone is close to the hut circle and field systems on Honeycombe Hill. - ENPHER no.: MSO7337 - NT no.: MNA155646 - NGR: SS 85949 42415 The other stone is located on the low spur on the western side of Embercombe water, which has been lost in the past due to an old incorrect grid reference. - ENPHER no.: MSO11335 - NT no.: MNA165153 - NGR: SS 85485 41906 In discussion with the National Trust it was decided to reset these stones if the original position could be clearly determined on site. Only MSO7337 was reset, as the orientation for the upright position of MSO11335 was not clear. This resetting was done by hand, easing the stone into the hole, and then securing the turf around the stone and hole. The resetting took place on the 16/10/2017 with the National Trust represented by: Basil Stow (Area Ranger for the Holnicote Estate), George (Volunteer Ranger), and Callum (Volunteer Ranger), and with the Exmoor National Park Authority represented by Shirley Blaylock (HE Conservation Officer) and Jack Fuller (HE Intern). The stone at MSO7337 is now upright and stands roughly 0.45m above the ground, with a slight lean northwards, with its horizontal axis orientated roughly east-west. MSO11335 remains recumbent, however, with more detailed information and excavation of the immediate area surrounding the setting hole, this stone could still be a good candidate for resetting.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Report: Fuller, J. 2017. Resetting the Standing Stone at MSO7337 (MNS155646), on Honeycombe Hill.


No mapped location recorded.


Location Honeycombe Hill, Exmoor, Somerset
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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Possible prehistoric standing stone on Wilmersham Common (Monument)
  • Prehistoric hut circle and field system on Honeycombe Hill (Monument)

Record last edited

May 29 2018 10:41AM