MDE8969 - Possible prehistoric standing stone west of Fyldon Hill Road (Monument)


A large upright stone containing quartz, used as a gatepost on the west side of Fyldon Hill Road, is 1.35 metres high. It could have been a prehistoric standing stone but there is no information to confirm this.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible standing stone was noted during a field visit in 1976, when it was in use as a gatepost. The hedges were possibly 19th Century in date but it was suggested the post was a prehistoric standing stone taken from its original position, since wood is more commonly used for gateposts and is easier to come by. [1] SS 7371 3437 Upright stone. A large upright stone containing quartz used as a gatepost in a roadside gateway on the western side of Fyldon Hill Road. It is 1.35 metres high and is triangular in section, 0.7 metres by 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, with a flattish top. It has a gatehanger in its eastern face and an Ordnance Survey Bench Mark cut in its northern face. It could have been a standing stone but it is likely to be in situ and there is no information on its provenance or origin. [2,3] It is worth noting that there are known sites where stone was thought to be mined for gate posts on Exmoor in the 19th Century, such as MSO7123 (contrary to [1]'s comments). This is therefore less likely to be a standing stone but confirmation would need to be made on site that this structure is similar to those used elsewhere in this way. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. H Eardley-Wilmot, written information, 1979.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 30 November 1989.
  • <3> 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. 29.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 11 January 2017.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 867941, Extant 1 December 2021.



Grid reference SS 7371 3436 (point) Surveyed
Map sheet SS73SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 7671
  • Devon SMR: SS73SW/15
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20198
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SW10
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 867941

Record last edited

Dec 1 2021 3:35PM


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