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Monument Number 35321

Hob Uid: 35321
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7279043430
Summary : A double stone row or stone setting at Benjamy thought to contain a total of eight stones - three stones in the eastern row, five stones in the western row.
More information : Approx SS 727434. There is a double stone row at approx Lat. 51 deg
10' 31": Long. 3 deg 49' 13.5" at Benjamy above Ruckham Combe.
The west row has five stones and the east row has three.
[See plan: Illustration Card.] (1)

As described, except for the southern stone of the west row which is
missing. In his plan Chanter has reversed the measurements between
the rows, thus making them converge to the north whereas they diverge. See GP AO/65/129/2 for photo of southern stone of eastern row.

Surveyed at 1/2500. (Divorced).
See SS 84 SW 27 for type site. (2)

SS 72794343 A stone setting of probably eight stones on high ground
above a steep west valley slope.

The upright stones are from 0.2 to 0.7 metres high; the two sunken
stones (noted as doubtful by Hansford Worth) are just traceable in
heather.
Surveyed at 1:2500 on PFD.

The entry for Benjamy in Grinsell's list (a) has, apparently, a 1 km
error in the NG Ref. Thus, although it almost certainly applies to
this site, it is described as at SS 737433. See 74 SW 52 for
duplication. (3)

SS 72794343 Stones (NR) (4).

A setting of five surviving upright stones; a sixth displaced stone probably from the N corner of the arrangement and other uncertain stones, one near E and two to the SW. It resembles the remains of two rows aligned NE to SW and has been described as such (1). The W row would be at least 16m long if Chanter and Worths two `sunken' stones to the SW are accepted. If these sunken stones are ignored then it looks remarkably like a six-post rectangular setting (SS 74 SE 7, SS 74 SW 1). of maximum size 10m by 6m.

The setting lies along the contour on a moderate, NW facing slope close to the lip of a step fall into Ruckham Combe and is under rough grass with bracken and heather. The area is enclosed but not intensively exploited. From Thorn Hill there are clear views down the West Lyn valley to the NW, otherwise the position of this setting is a scheduled one, with the mass of Winaway and The Chains rising to the S.

All stones are of local sandstones probably Hangman Grits.

No traces visible of the two sunken and one doubtful stones shown in Chanter and Worths survey: H and J are to close to G to be the same stones, unless displaced (5).

A further table of information on the stones is held in the archive.

In May 1991 Mr Setterington reported a further stone 3.35m NE of stone `C' and on the alignment of stones A to C. Said to be small but protruding from the turf. No further visit has been made by the RCHME (6).

SS 72804343. A stone setting basically as described and planned at 1:100 by authority 5. Stone 'F' has been moved slightly but is still prostrate in its hollow. A further stone 'L' reported but authority 6, has been surveyed on the revised plan at 1:100. It appears to be the top of a rectangular stone, about 0.25m by 0.20m, protruding some 0.03m out of the turf. It is on the alignment of A, B and C and is most probably the tip of an original stone.

Survey action. 1:100 Survey (Authority 5) Revised.

1:2500 Survey by GPS. (7)





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Source Number : 1
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : J G Chanter & R Hansford Worth
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Plates : VII
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 07-JUL-65
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Source : Thorn Hill/ink survey
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F3 MJF 04-FEB-75
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Source Number : 3a
Source : The archaeology of Exmoor : Bideford Bay to Bridgwater
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : OS 1:10,000, 1980.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 04-JAN-1989, P Pattison.
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Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Inf Mr A Setterington.
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sainsbury I S 4-MAY-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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Source : Thorn Hill stone setting/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Later Prehistoric
Display Date : Later Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Stone Setting, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33021
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SW 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-07-07
End Date : 1965-07-07
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1975-02-04
End Date : 1975-02-04
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION SS 74 SW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1989-01-04
End Date : 1989-01-04