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The Writhelstan

Hob Uid: 445600
Location :
Devon
Teignbridge
Lustleigh
Grid Ref : SX7850081260
Summary : Early Medieval inscribed stone in use as a threshold at Lustleigh Church. It has been suggested that it be the boundary marker known as the Writhelstan, but is more likely to be a grave slab. Probably C6-7.
More information : An inscribed stone, measuring 4'6" x 1'1", is now in use as a threshold at Lustleigh Church (SX 78508126). The inscription reads DATUIDOC-CONHINOC-FILIVS (1) and is either 7th century (2) or 8th century (3). It may be the boundary stone, called the Writelanstan, mentioned in a charter of the time of Edward the Confessor. (1-4)

A stone of brown granite, 1.0m long and 0.3m wide, cemented into the floor inside the church porch at the door to the nave. It is protected by a mat. (5)

The stone is an incomplete pillar stone in two pieces. The evidence from the earliest drawings suggest that the word FILIVS should be ignored. The use of insular script suggests that the inscription was cut in the 8th-11th centuries. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum 1 1946 469-70 illus (R A s MacAlister)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : Corr 6" (A Fox Oct 1950)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : J F Chanter
Page(s) : 482
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Vol(s) : 42, 1910
Source Number : 4
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : J B Davidson
Page(s) : 396-402
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Vol(s) : 8, 1876
Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 VM 08-May-1953
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Source Number : 6
Source : Corpus of early Christian inscribed stones of south-west Britain
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Page(s) : 167-9
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : C8-11
Monument End Date : 1066
Monument Start Date : 700
Monument Type : Inscribed Stone, Commemorative Monument, Grave Slab
Evidence : Structure

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 78 SE 9
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