MSO9261 - The Devils' Stone, east of Luckwell Bridge (Monument)


A standing stone alleged to be of prehistoric origin. Field investigation found a massive quartz block measuring 2.1 metres long, 1.2 metres wide and 1.65 metres high. It is near to a quarry and likely to be medieval or later date.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Field name is "Hour stone" which may be a corruption of Hoar stone. Local tradition of a boundary or path stone. [1] At SS 91427 38665 in an improved pasture field immediately adjacent to a massive limestone quarry (MSO12606) is a massive quartz block. The stone measures 2.1 metres long, 1.2 metres wide and is 1.65 metres high. The farmer states that the local name for the stone is `The Devil's Stone' and that tradition links it to the Devil hurling material from Dunkery Beacon.The stone appears unlikely to be prehistoric in origin. Its close proximity to the limestone quarry suggests rather a medieval, or more likely early post-medieval origin. (Incorrectly plotted on NMR 1:10,000 record sheet). [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. M Aston, 7 January 1977.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 October 1997.



Grid reference SS 914 386 (point) Surveyed
Map sheet SS93NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11167
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW17
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1089124
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33497

Record last edited

Aug 9 2021 11:03AM


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