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Monument Number 444211

Hob Uid: 444211
Location :
Devon
West Devon
South Tawton, Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6216090420
Summary : The remains of a cairn and a post-medieval boundary stone situated on a gentle north west facing slope overlooking Taw Marsh. The cairn measures 2.3 metre north to south by 2.8 metres and stands to a maximum of 0.5 metres high. Both features lie on the boundary stonebetween South Tawton and Dartmoor Forest parishes. The stone is 1.3 metres long, 0.4 metres wide by 0.3 metres thick and is inscribed with the letter T.
More information : SX 62179043 Possible remains of cairn lying on the
parish boundary. Diameter 3.3m, height 0.3m.
Visited May 1976.
(The siting falls on a boundary stone shown on OS 6" 1965) (1)

SX 62169043 Boundary Stone [NAT] (2)

SX 62169042. A cairn and a leaning inscribed stone in stoney ground at the north western foot of Metheral Hill above Taw Marsh. The irregular cairn measures 2.3m north to south by 2.8m and stands a maximum of 0.5m high. It is largely turf covered though some stone protrudes through its top. The inscribed stone lies on its western margin.
The stone, an undressed granite post, leans to the west and measures 1.0m high, 0.4m wide and 0.3m thick. Its north eastern face carries the letter T, 15cm high and 1cm deep. An erosion hollow on the western side has exposed the large boulders which served as trig stones.
This cairn is probably medieval or later in origin and designed to mark the boundary of Dartmoor Forest and South Tawton parishes which in this area runs in a straight line from two boundary stones
(SX 68 NW 71) on Metheral Hill to another two stones (SX 69 SW 63) flanking the River Taw.
Three further stoney mounds (SZX 69 SW 41, 66 and 67) on or near the same boundary lie in the immediate area. (3)

These features remain as described by Authority 3 though the inscription in the stone has been enhanced by crayon or white paint. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Devon Archaeological Society proceedings
Source details : LV Grinsell
Page(s) : 143
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Vol(s) : 36, 1978
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10560 1965
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 SAJP 10-AUG-1993
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 02-Jul-99
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert SAJ 24-OCT-2003 EH Field Investigation
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Source : Features in SX 69 SW, 41-42, 56-72, 74-78/ink survey
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Source : Field report on SX 69 SW 42 - 10-AUG-1993
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Cairn, Boundary Stone
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 69 SW 265
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 69 SW 83 3
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28724
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 69 SW 42
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION SX 69 SW 42
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1993-08-10
End Date : 1993-08-10
Associated Activities : Primary, NORTH DARTMOOR MILITARY RANGE ENGLISH HERITAGE PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2003-10-14
End Date : 2004-07-31