MDE1288 - Prehistoric standing stone on Ilkerton Ridge (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
Standing stone at SS 7206 4471 on Ilkerton Ridge south west of Hill Cottage, 3 feet 3 inches high, 14 inches wide and 7 inches thick.  The stone was 2 feet high in 1961.  SS 7207 4474. A standing stone 0.9 metres high, probably of prehistoric origin and classified under Bronze Age by Grinsell .  A standing stone of local slate situated on the south-east side of a broad saddle, is aligned west-north-west to east-south-east, following the ridge. It is of rectangular section, 0.4 metres wide and 0.15 metres thick and has an angled or 'chisel' top. A slight lean to the north-north-west has reduced its vertical height of 1 metre to 0.9 metres. Firmly embedded the stone is within a sheep worn hollow 1.8 metres across and 0.2 metres deep with a few loose stones which may have been former trigger stones. Its situation and proximity to barrows, suggests a prehistoric origin.  SS 72074474. Standing Stone (NR)  SS 7207444741. An upright earthfast stone as described by authority 4. Still in situ and as suggested probably prehistoric in origin.Surveyed at 1:2500.  During a survey in 2003 the stone was said to be in a large active erosion hollow, 1.6 metres in diameter and 0.2 metres deep. Animals are the main threat to this site.  The stone was again surveyed in 2012. It was said to be in a fair and stable condition, with two possible triggers stones within an erosion hollow.  An upright long stone post measuring 0.83 x 0.31 x 0.11m stands upright on the plateau below Ilkerton Ridge, close to the barrows. There are no other stones in the vicinity following recent vegetation clearance. The stone appears to be in a “very good” condition and has not changed significantly since the last survey in 2012, despite the recent swaling. The only clearly visible threat active at this site is animal rubbing which has exposed some of the packing stones. The recent clearance of vegetation may encourage further livestock grazing, thereby putting the stone at an increased risk of rubbing.  The stone is shown and labelled on the 2021 MasterMap data. 
- <1> SEM6796 Article in serial: Chanter, J.F. + Worth, R.H.. 1906. The Rude Stone Monuments of Exmoor and its Borders. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. II. P. 541.
- <2> SEM6798 Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. P. 123.
- <3> SMO4578 Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. P. 190.
- <4> SMO5103 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. F1 Fletcher, M. J. 17/09/1974.
- <5> SMO5111 Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Quinnell, N. V. 23/11/1989.
- <6> SEM7222 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. 1:10000 Map, 1980. 1:10000.
- <7> SMO5111 Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Sainsbury, I. S. 05/09/1994.
- <8> SEM6936 Report: Dray, K.. 2003. A Condition Survey of Standing Stones on Badgworthy Land Company Owned Land, Exmoor. P. 30.
- <9> SEM7915 Report: Slater, E.. 2012. A condition survey of standing stones on Badgworthy Land Company owned land, Exmoor National Park. p31.
- <10> SEM8523 Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018. MDE1288.
- <11>XY SEM340794 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #45336 Ilkerton Ridge Standing Stone., ]
|Grid reference||SS 7207 4474 (point) (Estimated from sources)|
|Civil Parish||LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (5)
- Event - Survey: 2017-2018: CS - Exmoor Standing Stone Condition Survey (EEM14735)
- Event - Survey: Condition survey of MDE1288, Summer 2012 (EEM14055)
- Event - Intervention: Field observation on SS 74 SW 18 (EMO938)
- Event - Intervention: Field Observation on SS 74 SW 18 (EMO5852)
- Event - Survey: RCHME: Exmoor (EMO6590)
External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=35376 (Pastscape entry: 35376)
- Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/44
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 12252
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20303
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW18
- National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35376
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Apr 21 2021 5:14PM
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