MSO11209 - Natural stones west of Mounsey Hill (Non-antiquity)


A standing stone situated near to two recumbent stones was recorded in 1931. These were part of a wider group of stones and are now thought to be natural in origin, with the upright stone perhaps functioning as a rubbing stone.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Between Tarr Steps and Dulverton, just north of Ashway Farm, there is a standing stone c. 2 feet 5 inches high by 2 feet 3 inches by 2 feet. About 60 yards to the north of it are two recumbent stones of about the same size lying about 15 feet apart. [1] Only one remaining. [2] The only stone known in this area is at SS 8776 3133. This is an earfast boulder 0.7 metres high by 0.6 metres by 0.7 metres (See GP AO/65/187/8). Despite the descrepancy in the measurements this is probably the stone noted by Dobson. Although it appears to have been artificially erected it may be nothing more than a rubbing stone for sheep. There are no recumbent stones to the north but the farmer says that heremoved many stones of this size from on, and just below, the surface when he cleared the field. [3] SS 8776 3133. Recorded in 1931 as a standing stone with two recumbent stones, 60 yards (55 metres) to the north; the recumbent stones were cleared before 1965. The survivor, formerly used as a rubbing stone, is now a recumbent slab 1.0 metres long, 0.7 metres wide and 0.4 metres thick. It is almost certainly a natural surface stone, as probably were the others. According to the farmer several other stones were encountered during ploughing, these have been lifted and removed. [5] Rubbing stone now recumbent, almost certainly natural surface stone. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Dobson, D.P.. 1931. The Archaeology of Somerset. 58.
  • <2> Article in serial: Burrow, I.. 1981. Hillfort and Hilltop Settlement in the First to Eighth Centuries AD. British Archaeological Reports. 91. 241.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 20 August 1965.
  • <4> Article in serial: Fowler, MJ. 1988. The Standing Stones of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 132. 1-13 (Dulverton 1).
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 December 1989.
  • <6> Monograph: RCHME . 1992. Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park. SS83SE2 p36.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35765, Extant 31 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8775 3133 (84m by 83m) Surveyed
Map sheet SS83SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO9322
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE2
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35765
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33541

Record last edited

Jan 31 2022 1:01PM


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