MDE8978 - Natural stones northwest of Broadbarrow Stone (Non-antiquity)


Two stones were originally thought to be part of a stone setting but are more probably natural features exposed by ploughing.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Two stones are depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map at SS 7174 4008. [1,2] There are at least three stones (possibly four) depicted here on the 2nd Edition map. [3] SS 7173 4008 Standing Stone. The two stones depicted on the 1:10000 plan [1] lie on an east facing slope at 448 metres Ordnance Datum with extensive views in all but the westerly direction. The site in enclosed semi improved ground is under reed and rough pasture. An area on the Morte Slates series, it is relatively free of surface stone although five large boulders in a nearby hedge ditch indicate clearance activity. The stones are on a north to south axis parallel to an adjacent post/wire fence and are c.50 metres from the unmarked Devon/Somerset border. Their origin and purpose are not clear but they are doubtfully part of a stone setting. They are not depicted on the Challacombe Tithe Map, 1840, when the area was unenclosed Common [4]. [5,6] A further table of information on the stones is held in the archive. [7] SS7173 4008 Stones. [8] SS 7173 4008. Two stones are depicted and annotated "Stones" on the 1890 Ordnance Survey map [2]. It is unlikely that they are prehistoric in origin as a stone setting or standing stones. The area is strewn with similar large stones: some dumped near the enclosure wall to the southeast and others lie in the field to the west. These two stones appear to be no more than natural stones exposed by ploughing. No survey action. [9] There are two stones depicted on modern MasterMap data at SS 7173 4008 and SS 7173 4008, which appear to be on a differing alignment to the historically mapped stones. They may, therefore, have been moved, although it seems more likely that differing stones may have been mapped at different times, particularly as the number of mapped stones changes. [10,11] Several recumbent surface stones which have been previously recorded as natural stones, in an area very close to the county boundary. [12] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888, Devon 11(1).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Map: 1839. Challacombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <5> Technical drawing: Fletcher, M.J.. 1989. Roosthitchen/ink survey . 1:100. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 January 1989.
  • <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.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. 1:10000 Map, 1980. 1:10000.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1 May 1995.
  • <10>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. [Mapped features: #43500 ; #45085 ]
  • <11> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Catherine Dove, 17 January 2017.
  • <12> Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018.
  • <13> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 871916, Extant 13 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7173 4008 (1m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 50124
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/36
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21484
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW91
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 871916

Record last edited

Jan 13 2022 11:07AM


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