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HER Number:MDV112638
Name:Boundary stone west of Princetown

Summary

This appears to be one of the DCP stones, probably dates to after 1867 when the enlarged bounds of the prison were marked by a collection of stones inscribed in this manner to signify 'Directors of Convict Prisons'. Late 19th century historic map marks a possible parish boundary stone 'B.S.' just to the north.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 582 737
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE157
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1064600

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY STONE (XIX - 1867 AD (Between) to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'B.S.' for Boundary Stone is marked at SX58261 73822 (presumably parish boundary), and 'Stone' is marked at SX58275 73796.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

As the First Edition map.

Brewer, D., 1986, A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV309252.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(17/07/1995) SX58277379 An inscribed boundary stone is located at the foot of a wall marking the western edge of Prison farm 600m SE of North Hessary Tor.
The dressed granite post is square in section with a low pointed top and measures 0.23m wide by 0.35m high. The letters DCP 0.1m high appear above an arrow on the west face. Brewer (1986) concludes that the letters refer to 'Directors of Convict Prisons' a predecessor of the current 'Home Office Prisons' though he gives no dates.

Brewer, D., 2002, Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor, 260-62, fig 90 (Monograph). SDV350689.

(Not entirely clear whether this is the stone Brewer refers to, but it seems likely).
Erected after 1867 when the enlarged bounds of the prison were marked with 'DCP' stones. Inscribed 'DCP'. Marked on plan but not mentioned / photographed individually.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002?, An archaeological survey and evaluation of Dartmoor Prison Farm (Report - Survey). SDV364452.

(23/08/2002) No change.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

The modern map only marks the 'Stone' at the south-western corner of the enclosed area of the Prison Farm estate.

Joy, R., pre 2007, Annotated map of the Dartmoor Prison DCP stones, undated (Plan - sketch). SDV361799.

Stone marked on Joy's plan.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV309252Monograph: Brewer, D.. 1986. A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor. A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor. Unknown.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #133316 ]
SDV350689Monograph: Brewer, D.. 2002. Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor. Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor. Hardback Volume. 260-62, fig 90.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361799Plan - sketch: Joy, R.. pre 2007. Annotated map of the Dartmoor Prison DCP stones. Digital. undated.

Associated Monuments

MDV15309Part of: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown (Building)
MDV131662Related to: Boundary stone 80m north-west of The Lodge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV131663Related to: Boundary stone 90m north-west of The Lodge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV112640Related to: Boundary stone at The Lodge, Princetown (Monument)
MDV112639Related to: Boundary stone north of Station Road, Princetown (Monument)
MDV112641Related to: Boundary stone on Walkhampton Common (Monument)
MDV15305Related to: Boundary stone on Walkhampton Common (Monument)
MDV131657Related to: Boundary stone south-east of The Lodge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV131665Related to: Boundary stone to the rear of Station Cottages, Princetown (Monument)
MDV123082Related to: Boundary stones west of Princetown (Monument)
MDV117300Related to: Prison farm estate, Princetown (Monument)
MDV15304Related to: Stone north-east of South Hessary Tor (Monument)
MDV131664Related to: Two boundary stones north of The Lodge, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2021 1:15PM