MSO7925 - Prehistoric stone setting on Porlock Common (Monument)


A possible Bronze Age stone setting was visible during field survey in 1973 but could not be found during field investigation in 1989 and an antiquity star noted to have been at the site also disappeared in the 1980s.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Four stones were noted in a setting, located to the south of the stone circle (MSO7898). [1] The setting was found and surveyed in April 1973. The report contains a plan and three photographs, one of which shows an antiquity star which disappeared in the 1980s. McDonnell suggests that stones SA and SB are aligned to one of the stones of the stone circle (MSO7898). [2] The site could not be located during field investigation in 1985. [3] SS 8458 4448: In 1989 there was no evidence of a stone setting in the area of the listed national grid reference, which lies on a slight west facing heather covered slope. [4,5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1>XY Unassigned: McDonnell, R.. 1976. Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. 8 December 1976. [Mapped feature: #47311 ]
  • <2> Report: McDonnell, R.. Colley Water Stone Circle.
  • <3> Article in serial: Fowler, MJ. 1988. The Standing Stones of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 132. 1-13 (Porlock 9).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. S Probert, 3 January 1989.
  • <5> Report: Quinnell, N.V. and Dunn, C.J.. 1992. Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A new survey for management purposes by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. SS 84 SW 83, 61.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 859289, Extant 19 June 2021.



Grid reference SS 8458 4448 (point)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11543
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW83
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 859289
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33938

Record last edited

Jun 19 2021 10:38PM


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