MDE1306 - Post-medieval boundary stones on Furzehill Common (Monument)


A series of seven stones crossing Furzehill Common, shown on the Ordnance Survey map of 1905, probably represent post-medieval boundary markers. Four stones were identified 2001.

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(SS 73604 440) Stones (NAT). [1] The Ordnance Survey 25 inch map shows a row of seven stones (between SS 7339 4433 and SS 7383 4444) which cross over Furzehill Common and appear to 'link up' two fields. A fence now runs parallel to this row although only four stones (all 0.4 metres high) are now traceable. They probably represent boundary markers rather than prehistoric standing stones. Published survey 1:2500 revised. [2,3] Only three stones now remain in situ: SS 7370 4442; a raised area in the turf, not certainly a mound, 5 metres in diameter and 0.2 metres high, has a small, stone stump at its centre. The stone is 0.05 metres high, 0.1 metres wide and 0.04 metres thick, some loose stones are adjacent. SS 7360 4440; a low, circular mound 6.5 metres in diameter and up to 0.5 metres high supports a thick, solidly set slab at its centre. The stone is 0.3 metres high, 0.3 metres wide and 0.12 metres thick. SS 7341 4434; a chisel edged, laminated slab 0.32 metres high, 0.38 metres wide and 0.08 metres thick. This stone leans slightly to the southeast, approximately 15 degrees from vertical and has a trigger stone against it on the north side. It is surrounded by an erosion hollow 1.3 metres in diameter and 0.1 metres deep. A fourth stone noted previously is now displaced but may be a surface block 0.6 metres long, 0.26 metres wide and 0.05 to 0.15 metres thick, lying 80 metres east of the last stone recorded above. The stones are not part of a recognizable prehistoric monument. Previous interpretation as boundary markers is probably correct. [4] (SS 73604440) Stones (NR). [5] During field survey in 2001 the four stones were found to be stable. The stone at SS 7339 4433 could not be located. [6] Four stones are depicted and labelled on the 2020 MasterMap data, at SS 7339 4432, SS 7346 4435, SS 7360 4440 and SS 7370 4442. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1905.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 17 September 1974.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Pattison, P. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 15 December 1988.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. 1:10000 Map, 1980. 1:10000.
  • <6> Report: Blackmore, O.. 2002. A Condition Survey of Standing Stones on Exmoor National Park Authority Owned Land.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.



Grid reference Centred SS 7361 4437 (472m by 149m) (Surveyed)
Map sheet SS74SW

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  • Common Land
  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): 053
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12261
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/53
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20335
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW36
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35430

Record last edited

Apr 26 2020 6:11PM


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