MDE8557 - Long Stone at Long Stone Combe (Monument)
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SS 8491 2940 Long Stone (NAT)  SS 8493 2940 Long Stone situated at about 315 metres Ordnance Datum on steep north facing rough grass and bracken covered slopes at the head of Longstone Combe. It measures 1.3 metres high. 0.38 metres wide and 0.18 metres thick, with a slight lean to the northeast. It is almost certainly a prehistoric standing stone and is set within a scooped platform, 2.6 metres in diameter and about 1.0 metres high on its lower side.  This stone stands at head of a combe and there is an oral tradition of this area being called Longstone Combe. The stone is marked on the Ordnance Survey map an 'Long Stone' . The stone tapers symmetrically to a point.  The stone was suffered moderate freeze thaw damage but is considered to have low vunerability. It is in fair condition and is stable.  The site is a large post of hangman grits standing above the start of the combe, over the lip of the slope. The stone measures 1.7 by 0.32 by 0.18 metres and stands upright leaning slightly northeast on a platform 2.6 metres in diameter and about 1 metres high on the outer edge, now overgrown with rushes. Generally the site is in a good condition and there is little damage to the stone itself. However, the setting is now downslope of a small drainage channel heading north 5 metres from the path, which is 1.6 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep. The presence of this ditch has allowed waterlogging to accumulate at the base of the stone following heavy rains. Further erosion could occur from an animal/human tracks which deviate from the walking path to the stone, continuing northwest along the combe. This was recorded in 2012, and it is very likely that animals continue to use this as a rubbing post. 
- <1> SEM7730 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1973. 1:10000, 1973. 1:10,000.
- <2> SMO7324 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 January 1990.
- <3> SEM7223 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1905. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560.
- <4> SEM7959 Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. Note, H Eardley-Wilmot, 9 July 1979.
- <5> SEM7800 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. 171.
- <6> SMO5658 Monograph: Quinnell, N.V. + 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. P. 33 (Location Plan).
- <7> SEM7899 Report: Pearce, G.. 2012. A Condition Survey of Selected Standing Stone Settings on Exmoor National Park Authority Owned Land. p29-30.
- <8>XY SEM8523 Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018. MDE8557. [Mapped feature: #45395 Long Stone, MDE8557]
|Grid reference||SS 8493 2941 (point) (MasterMap)|
|Civil Parish||WEST ANSTEY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=622031 (Original Monarch entry: 622031)
- Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS82NW/25
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 18774
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20860
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 82 NW9
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 622031
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Jan 30 2019 11:53AM
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