MSO7941 - Medieval boundary stone south of Black Barrow (Monument)


A Royal Forest boundary stone, which also marks the parish boundary between Porlock and Exmoor.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A stone is reported in this position at SS 8331 4360. [1] 'B.S' is printed on the 1978 Ordnance Survey map - only one of a number along the Exmoor-Porlock parish boundary. [2] A Royal Forest boundary stone, which also marks the parish boundary between Porlock and Exmoor. It is located at SS 83319 43613. This large stone is on its side, on the north side of a deep livestock erosion hollow, just 20 metres south of the aborted Simonsbath to Porlock railway. The stone has a weathered top, which suggests that it stood for a long time, giving it a medieval date or older. The stone socket has not been located. [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] The stone is marked "B.S." on the 2021 MasterMap data. [5]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unassigned: McDonnell, R.. 1976. Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. 08/12/1976.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1978. 1:10,000 Map, 1978. 1:10,000. SS84SW.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Binnie, C.. 2009. Boundary Stones at Porlock Allotment. Some detail in R. Wilson-North's response.
  • <4> Report: Bray, L.. 2011. A Fallen Boundary Stone, Madacombe, Exmoor: Results of Archaeological Recording.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974868, Extant 19 June 2021.
  • <6>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #38038 ]



Grid reference SS 83316 43603 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS84SW

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11545
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW124
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974868
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33940

Record last edited

Jun 19 2021 10:17PM


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