MSO6984 - Bill Hill Stone (Monument)


A boundary stone on the western boundary of the Forest of Exmoor and the county boundary between Devon and Somerset. It was originally set into the side of a Bronze Age round barrow. There is now no trace of it.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

"Bill Hill Stone" marked on Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 6 inch map. [1] Bill Hill boundary stone. Boundary stone marking the western boundary of the Forest of Exmoor. [2,3] SS7173 4102. Bill Hill boundary stone. Boundary stone marking the western boundary of the Forest of Exmoor [2]. SS 71739 41024. Bill Hill Stone served as one of the markers for the Devon/Somerset County boundary as well as for the Forest of Exmoor. The first mention of it appears to be in a Deposition of 1678 [3]. Bill Hill Stone is shown on the 1890 Ordnance Survey map [4] surveyed in 1888 and on the 1904 Revision [5]; it is shown annotated "Bill Hill Stone". The Ordnance Survey revised the area again in 1976 (although the 1:2500 map [6] was not published) and the stone was removed from the map by the field surveyor at that time so it presumably had been moved and there is now no trace or knowledge of it. The stone was set in a barrow not previously shown on any map (see MSO7127). [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. SS74SW.
  • <2> Article in serial: Rawle, E.J.. 1894. Final Perambulation of Exmoor Forest. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 40. 171-178. 174.
  • <3> Monograph: MacDermot, E T. 1973. A History of Exmoor Forest. 181(map), 362.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890, Devon Sheet 7(13).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Devon 7(13).
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1976. 1:2500. 1:25,000. SS7141 (Unpublished Surveyors Field Sheet).
  • <7>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 29 March 1995. [Mapped feature: #45896 ]



Grid reference SS 7173 4102 (point)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 20953
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/103
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20906
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11048
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW73
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 895569
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33187

Record last edited

Jan 27 2021 3:12PM


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