MSO7771 - 19th Century boundary stones at Outer Alscott (Monument)


Two 19th Century boundary stones, marking the boundary between the manors of Glenthorne and Oare. At one point they were thought to form part of a stone setting.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Stone SS 8300 4454 (NAT), Stone SS 8302 4449 (NAT) [1] Thought to form part of a stone setting. [6] Post-medieval boundary stone at SS 8300 4454. Ground photos [2] Supplied to the NAR [1-4] Centred at SS 8300 4454. Two stones, 90 metres apart, are situated on gently sloping ground on a northwestern spur of Porlock Allotment at 410 metres Ordnance Datum: Stone A. SS 8298 4458. A thin rectangular slatey slab 0.28 metres high, 0.2 metres wide east to west and 0.05 metres thick in an erosion hollow 1.6 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres deep. It appears to have been broken as two pieces 0.45 metres and 0.40 metres long and both 0.02 metres wide and 0.05 metres thick lie in the hollow on the southern side, so originally the stone may have been up to 1.3 metres high. Stone B. SS 8302 4449. An upright earthfast slab 0.65 metres high, 0.03 metres wide eastnortheast to westnorthwest and 0.1 metres thick set in an erosion hollow 2 metres diameter 0.02 metres deep. The stones were set up in the 19th Century to define the property boundary between the Manors of Glenthorne and Oare. [4,5] A large rather amorphous mound lies some 15 metres to the northwest of stone B, at SS 8301 4450. The mound measures some 8.5 metres in diameter and is 0.8 metres high. It is peaty, with little stone and is most likely to be associated with peat cutting. The mound was recorded using differential GPS as part of the EH survey of Mill Hill for the ENPA. The second stone at SS 8298 4458 (B) could not be located. [?] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [12]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1978. 1:10,000 Map, 1978. 1:10,000.
  • <2> Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Ground Photos x2, M Walker, 17 Glosher Rd, Barnstaple, Devon. EX32 9JR..
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. PRN 33863, 3. R McDonnell, Pers Comm 17 April 1984.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 17 April 1984.
  • <4> Serial: Exmoor Society. 1959-present. Exmoor Review. (1984), 58,59 (Dr E Mold) Quoting Glenthorne Estate papers.
  • <5>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 23 January 1990. [Mapped features: #47322 Stone A, ; #47323 Stone B, ]
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. R McDonnell, 31 October 1975, Western Archaeological Trust.
  • <7> Report: Riley, H.. 2003. Mill Hill, Oare, Somerset. English Heritage.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 2003.
  • <9> Monograph: RCHME . 1992. Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park. p58 SS84SW79.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1963. 6" SS84SW.
  • <11> Article in serial: Fowler, MJ. 1988. The Standing Stones of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 132. 1-13 (Oare 5).
  • <12> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 859224, Extant 22 June 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 8300 4453 (40m by 90m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11486
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW79
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 859224
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33863

Record last edited

Feb 23 2022 2:32PM


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