MSO10993 - Medieval or post-medieval boundary stone at Coles Cross (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
Boundary stone mentioned "near a landmark called Coles Cross" in the 1815 Forest perambulation . Is a large slab 1.4 metres by 0.6 metres lies in hedge line. Smaller one, possibly the stump, in front.  Centred at SS 7791 3399 is the stone referred to by . It is propped up against the field bank on the northern side of the road from Sandyway Cross to Long Holcombe. It lies on the western side of the "T" junction of field banks formed by the northern side of the hedged lane leading from the site of Coles Cross Farm (MSO11036) to the east. The stone which is on its side is roughly rectangular in shape and measures 1.5 metres by 0.65 metres and is 0.175 metres thick. There is no lettering on the stone, but an Ordnance Survey bench mark (now on its side) is visible showing that the stone was upright when used for this purpose. There are also two drilled holes through the stone, each is 4 centimetres in diameter and they are 0.35 metres apart. They suggest its possible use as a gatepost once located at the end of the lane to Coles Cross Farm. The base of the stone or "stump" refered to by  could not be found. It is not clear if this stone is the boundary stone referred to in 1815 (see ), or even if it is in its original position. Certainly no bench mark is shown on the 1st edition 6 inch Ordnance Survey mapping of 1890  at this location. [3,4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SSO1823 Article in serial: Rawle, E.J.. 1894. Final Perambulation of Exmoor Forest. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 40. 171-178.
- <2> SSO1075 Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H. 23.08.81. Eardley-Wilmot, H to Somerset County Council.
- <3> SEM6705 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1890.
- <4>XY SMO7329 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 January 1995. [Mapped feature: #46490 ]
- <5> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 909015, Extant 28 September 2021.
|Grid reference||SS 7791 3399 (point)|
|Civil Parish||NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- https://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=909015 (Pastscape entry: 909015)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE10849
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6998
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE8
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 909015
- Somerset SMR PRN: 33132
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Oct 12 2021 12:02PM
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