MSO8692 - Possible prehistoric standing stone near Portland Water (Monument)


The possible site of a standing stone, which is said to have stood "about three feet high", and to have been removed during road alterations in the 1920s. This may or may not be the stone which is recorded at MSO8749.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A stone slab measuring about three feet high was recorded on a plateau on the opposite bank of the dip of a saddle [in the ridge running from Green Barrow, SS 818 345, towards Withypool Hill, SS 840 344] alongside the headwaters of the Portford stream. Fred Milton, a Withypool farmer, states it was removed in the 1920s during road alterations. [1] No further information. A standing stone was found west of Portford Bridge at SS 8278 3435 during field reconnaissance (see MSO8749). The relationship between this stone and that allegedly removed is unclear. It may be that they are one and the same, or that a more elaborate feature existed in the vicinity - a stone setting or stone row. [2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Monograph: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1983. Ancient Exmoor: A Study of the Archaeology and Prehistory of Exmoor. The Exmoor Press. Microstudy C2. 25-27.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 April 1995.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35830, Extant 2 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Environmentally Sensitive Area
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SW15
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35830



Grid reference SS 83 34 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS83SW

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Record last edited

Feb 2 2022 12:22PM


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