MDE1048 - Natural stone on Higher Down (Non-antiquity)


An erect stone measuring 0.9 metres by 0.9 metres by 0.5 metres thick. It is of unusually small dimensions, and while originally it was thought to be a prehistoric standing stone, it is almost certainly a natural feature.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

STONE (OE). [1] Authority was probably R.Hansford Worth. [2] This is a prominent feature, being 3 feet high, 3 feet broad and 2 feet wide. Located and surveyed on field document at SS 6615 4227. [3] SS 6615 4227. Standing Stone (NAT). [4] A standing stone associated with barrow MDE1047.It was thought to be the last remnant of a stone row. [5] SS 6616 4226. An erect stone 0.9 metres high, 0.9 metres wide and 0.5 metres thick. Several stones at its base do not appear to be packing stones. If this is a standing stone then it is of unusually small dimensions and as the remaining one of stone row quite conjectural. Surveyed at 1:2500. [6] An earthfast stone. Almost certainly a natural feature. [7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 6 Inch Map: 1905. 1:10560.
  • <2> Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. SS 6 inch, C Atherton, Reviser, 4 December 1957.
  • <3> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. P. 113.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <5> 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. P. 397, Plate XI.
  • <6> Unpublished document: BUCKLEY, MHB. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 21 August 1972.
  • <7> Report: Quinnell, N.V. and Dunn, C.J.. 1992. Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A new survey for management purposes by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • <8> Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. SS 64 SE 6. Plan and Photograph.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34687, Extant 8 November 2021.



Grid reference SS 6616 4225 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS64SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12121
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/33/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20229
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE6
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34687

Record last edited

Feb 7 2022 2:53PM


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