MDE11736 - Disputed Saxon inscribed stone southeast of Lyncombe (Non-antiquity)


A large boulder built into the north wall of a track has been alleged to have an Ogham inscription. The linear marks on its face were however probably caused by ploughing before it was used as a foundation stone for the wall.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 736 461. A stone which measures about 1 metre by 0.5 metres is thought by Pearce [1] to have an Ogham inscription. It is built into the wall on the north side of the track from Cheriton to Hoaroak. Burrow [2] considers the inscription to be probably the result of quarrying or ploughing marks. [1,2] SS 73610 46059. Set into the base of a field wall on the northern side of a green track between Cheriton and Woolaway is a large boulder. It is 1.1 metres long, 0.7 metres high and a minimum of 0.2 metres thick - its back is partly buried under a soil build up. Its southern face and western edge are scarred with linear scratches. They are, as suggested by Burrow, likely to have been caused by ploughing when the stone was laid horizontally before its use as a foundation stone for the wall. Surveyed at 1:2500. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. FB Pearce, 9 June 1983, Oral Report, Exmoor National Park to Devon County Council SMR, SS74NW/86.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Burrow I, Oral Report and Slide to Devon SMR, 16 June 1983.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 June 94.



Grid reference SS 7360 4606 (point) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74NW/86
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 20707
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20585
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW73
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 926316

Record last edited

Apr 24 2020 5:50PM


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