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Monument Number 35872

Hob Uid: 35872
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Porlock
Grid Ref : SS8644046130
Summary : A group of five stones. "A", "D" and "E" appear to be natural. "B" and "C" are situated in a shallow quarry scoop. "B" measures 1m high and has three sets of 18th and 19th century initials carve on its eastern face. "C" is a natural stone block outcropping in the side of a cutting.
More information : A group of five stones, including one standing stone, were located at
the top of Porlock Hill. The only stone that is standing is aligned
with its long axis at 33 deg., is 1m high and about 1.5m long. Three
sets of initials are inscribed on the SE face, the style of lettering
appearing to be 18th/19th century, so the stone could be a boundary
marker, although the inscription could have been carved on a much
earlier stone.

In view of the continuing debate about the location of the 'Fif
Stones' mentioned in the Exmoor Forest Perambulations of 1279, 1298
and 1301, it was thought that these stones might be those referred to
and hitherto unrecognised. However, their location well to the east
of Hawkcombe Head, the next boundary point, appears to render this
unlikely.

(The NGR given for this site is SS 56434615 which is evidently wrong.
It should probably be SS 86434615 which places it at the top of
Porlock Hill). (1)

SS 86434614. A group of five stones located on the crest and E-facing slope of Porlock Hill.
The West stone A on the crest of the hill, appears to be a natural slab barely protruding above the surface. It is neither orientated towards the other stones nor visible from them.
The east stones D and E again appear to be natural and also are not visible from the other stones.
B and C are situated in a shallow quarry scoop just below the crest of the hill. Stone B, an upright slab 1.0m high, has three sets of 18th and 19th century initials carved on its E face at what was probably ground level at the time. Stone C is a natural block outcropping in the side of a cutting.
Apart from B which may be a standing stone this group has no archaeological or historical significance and as concluded by authority 1, unlikely to be the `Fif Stones' mentioned in the Perambulations of Exmoor Forest (2).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Vol(s) : 126, 1982
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 12-DEC-1988, SAJ Probert.
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Source : Lithic monuments within the Exmoor National Park: a new survey for management purposes
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Source : Porlock Hill/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Standing Stone
Evidence : Structure

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33962
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 25224
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 NE 16
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 NE 16
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1988-12-13
End Date : 1988-12-13