MSO8857 - Naked Boy Stone (Monument)


A medieval boundary stone about 1.25 metres high, of undressed granite, marking the Old Cleeve and Brompton parish boundary.

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(ST 01493447) Naked Boy's Stone (BS) (NAT) [1] Standing Stone ST 015345 Naked Boy (W of Dun's Stone) Destroyed? [2] Naked Boy's Stone is said to mark the line of an ancient trackway from Combwich on the River Parrett. (Stone still shown on OS 1:10000 1977). [3] ST 03 SW 7/65 Naked Boy's Stone, Brendon Hill at NGR ST 01503447. Grade II. Boundary stone. Medieval. Undressed granite, roughly triangular in shape, about 1.25 metres high. Marks the boundary between Old Cleeve and Brompton Regis parishes. [4] Fowler confirms that the stone is still in place, with details as in [4]. Catalogued as Brompton Regis 2. Fowler says the stone is c.1.3m high. [5] In the hedge to the NE are two further stones and the whole may form the remains of a chamber tomb. This might also explain the name from the celtic 'cnoc'. [6] The other stones are probably not associated and the stone is likely to be prehistoric. It is sited at the stream head of the River Tone. The name may derive from the British 'Hill of Cattle'. [7] The building was visited in June 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" ST03NW.
  • <2> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 41.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. W Somer Mineral Railway 1970 100 (R Sellick).
  • <4> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE (HHR) W Somer Dist (Old Cleeve) Somer 21 12 84 38.
  • <5> Article in serial: Fowler, MJ. 1988. The Standing Stones of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 132. 1-13.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Eardley Wilmot, H. 17.7.95. H Eardley-Wilmot to Somerset County Council.
  • <7> Article in serial: Eardley-Wilmot, H. 1997. The Naked Boy - a reappraisal. Exmoor Review. 41-2.
  • <8> Monograph: RCHME . 1992. Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park. ST03SW19 p59.
  • <9> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference ST 0149 3446 (point)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 375/7/65
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10515
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11511
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7800
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 SW19
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 188485
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33888
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 30763

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May 5 2021 3:39PM


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