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Monument Number 35442

Hob Uid: 35442
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7491044320
Summary : A possible stone setting or remains of a double stone row of prehistoric date comprising ten stones. Five stones remain upright while five are recumbent.It is believed that originally there may have been three rows 6m apart each of four stones. Due to the bracken growth various numbers of stones have been attributed to the setting in recent visits.
More information : (SS 74914431) Stones (NAT) (1)

Cheriton Ridge, Long 3 degs. 47' 24": Lat 51 degs. 1 3/4". A possible double stone row with a triple head, of which three stones remain
standing and one fallen (see plan) SS 749443. Stone setting in
rhomboid?; Bronze Age (3). (2-3)

Of the eight stones in this setting in 1905 (a) only five are
identifiable.

Four are standing and are between 0.4 metres and 0.6 metres high;
and the fifth has fallen. Published survey 1:2500 revised. (4)

Cheriton Ridge II. SS 74894428. A setting of ten stones, situated on the gently sloping E flank of Cheriton Ridge. At 371m OD, it is in an area of coarse grass and bracken, with extensive views to the E over Clannon Ball and Brendon Common. With an underlying strata of Hangman Grits the monument consists of sandstone slabs and post stones.
In plan the seting is an E to W rectangle with sides of 22.5m by 14.5m.

Five stones remain standing and five are recumbant. Originally there may have been three rows 6m apart, each of four stones at intervals of about 7m, but there is now no trace of the sites of the two inner stones of the centre row. Fallen stones G and K are adjacent to embedded trig stones; it is assumed that E, F and J are near their original positions. Uprights A and B are the only stones set in alignment with the main axis.

Differing numbers of stones have been attributed to the setting over the years. Chanter and Worth (2) depict only the W half of the site (stones A to E) and state that F,J and K, surveyed by the OS, when presumably upright were missing. They make no mention of G or H. The account was endorsed in 1974 (4) while six stones are noted in 1978 (5,Griffiths). Only in 1983 are the ten stones mentioned (5, Eardley Wilmot).

The anomolies may be explained by variable bracken growth and it is possible that some stones have been retrieved, eg Griffiths stone in the track, 8m from the setting, is no longer visible. Stone H, however, must always have been in position (6).

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

Site surveyed at large scale by RCHME 1988 (7)







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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
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Source : The archaeology of Exmoor : Bideford Bay to Bridgwater
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MJF 17-SEP-74
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Source Number : 4a
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1905
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 09-DEC-1988, SAJ Probert.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sainsbury I S 13-SEP-1994 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Cheriton Ridge II/ink survey
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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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

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SS74SW011
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SW 40
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SW 40
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-09-17
End Date : 1974-09-17
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SW 40
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1988-12-09
End Date : 1988-12-09