MSO12219 - Prehistoric stone setting on Squallacombe (Monument)


A stone setting, possibly consisting of at least three stones, was noted during field investigation in 1989. Various mounds in the vicinity may or may not be associated with the monument.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7361 3800. Stone setting. A probable setting of two stones, one leaning the other fallen, with the possible site of a third stone represented by a prominent hollow. A and B are 9.3 metres apart, aligned northwest to southeast across the contour. The hole C lies to the northeast, 7.2 metres from A and 4 metres from B, forming a flattish triangle. The stones are situated on a gentle southeastern slope on Squallacombe in rush and coarse grass. There are clear views to the east. Two more stone settings lie close to the northeast (see MSO6809 and MSO12226). [1] Photography of stone `A' from the south presented to the NAR. An additional table of information on the stones is held in the archive. [2] The relics of a possible setting found in 1989. Leaning stone 0.55 metres high, fallen stone 0.9 metres long, both in erosion hollows. Further erosion hollow may indicate site of third stone. [3] Five mounds located that may be associated with this monument. One to the southwest and a group of four to the northeast, both about 45 metres from the stone. No stone visible. [4] Not located in ENPA Farm Conservation Scheme evaluation. [5] A stone setting situated above the lip of the hill on Squallacombe, overlooking a gentle south-eastern slope towards the valley to the south. The setting comprises of 2 stones, one leaning, the other recumbent, and a hollow where a stone likely stood, arranged in the form of a right-angled triangle. Livestock continue to rub against Stone A, which has created a significant hollow around the stone's base. Stone B is nearly completely overcome by vegetation and turf and could be lost. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Pattison, P. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 January 1989.
  • <2> Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. 867245.
  • <3> Monograph: RCHME . 1992. Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park. SS73NW32 p39.
  • <4> Unassigned: Walker M. record form.
  • <5> Report: Broomhead, R. 1991. ENPA FCS report.
  • <6>XY Report: Fuller, J.. 2018. Exmoor Prehistoric Standing Stone Condition Survey: 2017-2018. MSO12219. [Mapped features: #45597 Stone A., MSO12219; #45598 Stone B., MSO12219; #45599 Stone C., MSO12219]



Grid reference Centred SS 7361 3801 (21m by 16m) (Surveyed)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Related Events/Activities (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6944
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW32
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 867245
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35284

Record last edited

Dec 17 2018 12:01PM


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