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Horsehead Stone

Hob Uid: 909525
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brayford
Grid Ref : SS7297037510
Summary : Boundary stone reported at this reference called the Horsehead Stone. It is referred to as being of medieval date and marking the boundary between the edge of the forest of Exmoor and the boundaries of the commons. It is alleged to have been built into a wall but it was not positively identified by RCHME field investigation.
More information : For details see county SMR (1).

In 1911 MacDermot (2) refers to a "Boundary Stone called Horsehead Stone near the end of a Land Mark called White Ladder". It is mentioned in the final perambulation of the Forest on 16 September 1815, and it marks the point where the boundary of the Royal Forest met the Northmolton Common/Whitefield Common boundary. The stone is not shown on the 1890 Ordnance Survey plan (3). In 1977 Whybrow (4), without stating the circumstances, says it was "recently rediscovered". In 1983 Eardley-Wilmot (5) mentions "the Horsehead Stone, perhaps identified in 1975, built into a wall where North Molton, High Bray and Exmoor [parishes] meet". (2-5)

SS 72973751. No definite trace of this boundary stone could be found. There are several large stones built into the fabric of the wall to which the County Boundary is mered at this point. It is possible that one such stone, at the base of the Devon side of the curving corner, may be the one refered to by Whybrow and Eardley-Wilmot but it cannot be positively identified as the original Horsehead Stone. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somerset County SMR, 29-SEP-1986
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sainsbury, IS 4-Aug-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 2a
Source : The history of the Forest of Exmoor
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Devon 11:9 1890 (Surveyed 1888)
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Whybrow, C Antiquary's Exmoor 1977 48
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Source Number : 5
Source : Ancient Exmoor : a study of the archaeology and prehistory of Exmoor
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Boundary Marker
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33189
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NW 26
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 73 NW 26
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1995-08-04
End Date : 1995-08-04