MDE1045 - Natural stone near Brockenbarrow Lane (Non-antiquity)


An upright boulder, standing 1.3 metres high in a sheep-erosion hollow near Brockenbarrow Lane, once interpreted as a standing stone is now thought to be a natural feature.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Near Brockenburrow Lane. Stone width 900 millimetres, mean thickness 350 millimetres, height 900 millimetres. Pointing to barrow. Said to be the last remnant of a stone row formerly existing at this point. [1] STONE (OE). [2] [1] was probably authored by R. Hansford Worth. [3] A stone of irregular shape, set in a slight hollow in the ground. Surveyed on field document at SS 6677 4253. It is 1 foot 6 inches in height. [4] (SS 6676 4252) Standing Stone (NAT) [5] SS 6677 4252. An isolated boulder 1.3 metres by 1.0 metre and 0.5 metres thick lying in a shallow depression. There is no reason to suspect that this stone is of any archaeological significance. Surveyed at 1:2500. See GP from south. [6] Listed as Brockenbarrow Lane at SS 6682 4247. [7] An isolated stone sitting in what is now a large animal created hollow. [8] SS 6677 4252. A natural block, 0.5 metres high and 1.3 metres by 1.0 metres across, exposed in a deep sheep erosion hollow. It is similar to other subsurface blocks in the vicinity which are being removed by the farmer to improve the pasture. In the past it has been interpreted as either the surviving element of a possible stone row (1905) or as a standing stone (1970). See also MDE1075. [9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Article in serial: Chanter, J.F. + Worth, R.H.. 1905. The Rude Stone Monuments of Exmoor and its Borders. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 37. I. 397, plate 11.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Map Collection Reference . Anon, Revision 6 inch Sheet 1905.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. S Willy, 22 August 1957.
  • <4> Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. SS 6 inch, C. Atherton, Reviser, 4 December 1957 (13 February 1958).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <6> Unpublished document: BUCKLEY, MHB. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 21 August 1972.
  • <7> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 190.
  • <8> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. Site visit, FM Griffith, 7 May 1987.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 30 November 1989.
  • <10> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34678, Extant 8 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64SE/30
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2094
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20154
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE3
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34678



Grid reference SS 6677 4252 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS64SE

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Record last edited

Feb 7 2022 2:52PM


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