MSO6940 - Buttery Stone, southwest of Long Holcombe (Monument)


Buttery Stone is a boundary stone on the county boundary between Devon and Somerset. This is visible as an upright stone protruding from a bank. It has an Ordnance Survey bench mark on its northwest face.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Buttery Stone protrudes slightly at right angles from the bank of the county boundary between Devon and Somerset, on the Devon or south side at SS 7639 3551. It is a laminated slate slab, 1.4 metres high, set upright and orientated northeast by southwest. Its full width cannot be determined as the northeast end is hidden deep in the hedge bank, but at least 0.53 metres protrudes. It tapers slightly in thickness from 0.13 metres at the base to 0.07 metres at the top, which is stepped and may have been broken. There is an Ordnance Survey Bench Mark (recording 401.91 metres) on the northwest face. Unlike the Edgerley Stone on the same boundary, 7 kilometres to the northwest, this stone is not mentioned in the Forest Perambulations and there is no evidence to suggest it is of prehistoric origin. [1-2] A slate slab, 1.35 metres high, across the Somerset and Devon border. [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Monograph: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1983. Ancient Exmoor: A Study of the Archaeology and Prehistory of Exmoor. The Exmoor Press. Microstudy C2. 45, 54.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 January 1990.
  • <3> Report: Setterington, R.A.. 1990. The Stone Settings of the Parishes of Exford and Exmoor in Somerset.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 867802, Extant 19 October 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE8968
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12242
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE35
  • National Park: Exmoor
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 867802
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35307



Grid reference SS 7640 3550 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS73NE

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Record last edited

Oct 19 2021 11:56AM


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