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Culbone Stone

Hob Uid: 35920
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Porlock
Grid Ref : SS8321047360
Summary : An inscribed stone known as the Culbone Stone was found and re-erected in 1940. It measures 0.65m high, 0.44m wide and 0.19m thick.
More information : SS83154732. In 1939-40 a cross-decorated stone of the
7th to 9th century was found in a wood or near the Culbone-Porlock boundary. It was over 3ft long, a slab of local Hangman grit, with an obliquely placed incised ring-cross having a projecting stem. It was re-erected in 1940 at the spot where it was found with 2ft showing above ground.

The stone, as described by Grinsell, is in dense woodland at
SS 83214736. It falls in Porlock parish but is so close to the
Culbone/Porlock boundary that this would seem to have been mered to the stone.

Surveyed at 1:2500 (not on publication document).

SS 83204736. It is speculative as to whether the inscribed cross
and circle was removed from the stone row 40m to the north (SS 84 NW 20) for its purpose, as it is very similar in size to the larger stones of that row.

ST (should be SS) 832474. Incised stone W of Stent Hill. Scheduled.

Additional Bibliography.

A sandstone block, known as the Culbone Stone, found and re-erected in 1940. It is 0.65m high, 0.44m wide and 0.19m thick. A wheel cross is incised on its south-eastern face, 0.11m in diameter and cut to a depth of 0.004m. The lower right arm of the cross has been extended beyond the circle for 0.07m. This extension is wider, shallower and more crudely cut, perhaps it is a later addition. Grinsell (1) has suggested that this is a memorial stone of the 7th to 9th centuries (6).

An inscribed cross is also visible on one of the stones of the adjacent stone row (SS 84 NW 20). (7)

Such simple monuments could be assigned to an early date, to the high Mediaeval, or even post-Mediaeval periods. (8)

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Source : The archaeology of Exmoor : Bideford Bay to Bridgwater
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 08-SEP-76
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Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Vol(s) : 125, 1980
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE(IAM)AMs Eng 2 1978 122
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Source : Ancient Exmoor : a study of the archaeology and prehistory of Exmoor
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 11-JAN-1990, IS Sainsbury.
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 29-JUL-1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture: Vol VII. South-West England
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : 7th to 9th Century
Monument End Date : 900
Monument Start Date : 601
Monument Type : Inscribed Stone, Cross Incised Stone
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33853
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 479
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 2K/00005
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 96/01628
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 NW 15
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 35927
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 NW 15
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1976-09-08
End Date : 1976-09-08
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31