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HER Number:MDV103144
Name:Wheelwright's stone on Whitchurch Common


Former wheel-binding stone used by a wheelwright to fit an iron tyre around the outside rim of a wooden wheel. Stone is located adjecnt to the Grimstone and Sortridge Leat, near the remains of a 19th century blacksmith's workshop.


Grid Reference:SX 536 747
Map Sheet:SX57SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Northern section of the leat that served the medieval manor houses of Grimstone and Sortridge

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WHEELWRIGHTS STONE (XIX to XXI - 1860 AD to 2012 AD)

Full description

Woods, S. H., 1988, Dartmoor Stone, 276 (Monograph). SDV346790.

A very fine example of a wheel-binding stone remains above the Grimstone and Sortridge Leat in Backamoor Coombe, with the remains of a blacksmith's shop nearby.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Stone is clearly visible on the aerial photography adjacent to the ruined smithy.

Panceri, C., 2010, Wheelwright's stone near Vixen Tor (Photograph). SDV350540.

Image of the wheelwright's stone in situ.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2012, Wheelwright's stone adjacent to Grimstone and Sortridge Leat, 20121030-DNPA-HER-103144.JPG (Photograph). SDV350539.

(Visited 30/10/2012) Stone viewed with remains of the blacksmith's workshop.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #62632 ]
SDV346790Monograph: Woods, S. H.. 1988. Dartmoor Stone. Dartmoor Stone. Hardback Volume. 276.
SDV350539Photograph: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2012. Wheelwright's stone adjacent to Grimstone and Sortridge Leat. Digital. 20121030-DNPA-HER-103144.JPG.
SDV350540Photograph: Panceri, C.. 2010. Wheelwright's stone near Vixen Tor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV25907Related to: Grimstone and Sortridge Leat (Monument)
MDV15029Related to: Smithy on Whitchurch Common (Monument)
MDV79363Related to: Wheelwright's Stone, Brentor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 21 2013 11:40AM