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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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Between Tarr Steps and Dulverton, just N 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. Earthfast boulder 0.7 metres by 0.6 metres, and 0.7 metres high. Although it appears artificially erected likely only to be a rubbing post for sheep. There are no recumbent stones to the north but the farmer says that he removed 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]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP.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, 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 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments.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.



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
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35765
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33541

Record last edited

Jan 31 2017 2:25PM


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