MDE21023 - Natural stone on Higher Down (Non-antiquity)


A stone that was previously thought to have prehistoric origins but is now thought to be natural in origin.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

One of two stones located and surveyed on field document at SS 6699 4207 (Stone B). It is irregular in shape, standing to a height of 2 feet and being 3 feet wide. [1] Stones (OE) (Two). [2] Authority was probably R Hansford Worth. [3] SS 6697 4207. Irregular stone, 2 feet high. (NAT). [4] 'Standing Stone' shown on 1963 Ordnance Survey map. [5] SS 6697 4206. Stone B. An earthfast recumbent stone, the exposed portion being 1.3 metres by 1.3 metres and 0.6 metres thick. There is no evidence to suggest it is of any archaeological interest. Surveyed at 1:2500. [6] The site was visited in 1989. An irregular natural boulder, c.0.6 metres high. Site recorded in 1905 (along with MDE20158) as a group of large recumbent stones, with smaller stones having been removed. Unlikely that this group had any archaeological significance. [7] Exposed portion 1.3 metres by 1.3 metres by 0.6 metres thick. [8] 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> 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, 545-6.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Map Collection Reference . Anon OS Revision 6 inch 1905.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. S Willy, 22 August 1957.
  • <4> DHER migrated record: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey site visit notes. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. SS 6 inch, C. Atherton, Reviser, 4 December 1957.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <6> Unpublished document: BUCKLEY, MHB. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 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. 19.
  • <8> Article in serial: Fowler, M. J. F.. 1993. The Standing Stones of Exmoor: A provisional catalogue of 86 North Devon sites. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 125. 155-178. 125.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34690, Extant 9 November 2021.



Grid reference SS 6697 4205 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS64SE

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 30479
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/133
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1049
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE7
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34690

Record last edited

Nov 9 2021 10:20AM


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