MDE1041 - Alleged stone row on Holdstone Hill, Holdstone Down (Monument)


The purported site of a stone row on Holdstone Down. No evidence was visible during field investigation in 1989 and the original information referred to three cairns to the northwest (MDE20203).

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SS 620 476 A stone row on Holdstone Down. This is possibly a duplication of the record for one of the three cairns or barrows to the northwest (MDE20203). Three large stones were noted on barrow 'B' by H J Wickenden in 1939. [1] Recorded as a stone row by L V Grinsell, but a dubious classification based on a reference of 1939 to three stones on a cairn. The site was situated on Holdstone Down where all the cairns have been completely destroyed. [2] Fowler states that the site may represent boundary stones used to demarcate the allotment when the Down was enclosed in the 19th Century (MDE21579). [3] Modern Ordnance Survey mapping (2013) shows a group of three stones arranged between SS 6202 4755 and SS 6204 4758 in a line. It is possible that this may be the stones that Fowler refers to above and also they may be the stones referred to by Grinsell. Alternatively, Fowler and/or Grinsell may actually mean the stones on the cairn at MDE20203. These three stones appear to be part of a much larger group (MDE21579). [4] This site was not surveyed during the 2017-2018 Exmoor Standing Stone Condition Survey. These stones are likely related to other monuments, possibly the 19th century boundary stones (MDE21579) used to demarcate the allotment when the down was enclosed. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 46, 189.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 28 November 1989.
  • <3> Article in serial: Fowler, M. J. F.. 1993. The Standing Stones of Exmoor: A provisional catalogue of 86 North Devon sites. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 125. 155-178. 125.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. C Dove, 2 September 2013.
  • <5> Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018.



Grid reference SS 620 475 (point)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 54046
  • Devon SMR: SS64NW/86
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21569
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 34670

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:01PM


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