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HER Number:MDV115716
Name:Ashburton 'parole' stone at Dart Vale


One of a number of stones set up to indicate the distance from the town within which French prisoners of war were allowed to roam.


Grid Reference:SX 740 703
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Constructed, XIX - 1803 AD to 1815 AD (Between))

Full description

Brewer, D., 2002, Dartmoor Boundary Markers: And Other Markers on and Around the Moor, 257-8 (Monograph). SDV350689.

During the Napoleonic War, numbers of French prisoners of war greatly increased to the extent that housing them became an issue. Aside from the construction of the prison at Princetown, a number of towns were approved for the billeting of officers 'on parole' who gave their word of honour that they would not attempt to escape. Ashburton was one of these towns and seven boundary stones were erected set at a distance of one mile from the 'extreme parts of the town' to define the area in which these officers were permitted to roam.
One such stone was placed on the Holne Turn road opposite the entrance to Dart Vale. This stone only shows the figure '1' above road level.

Crabb, A., 2016, Update on the parole stone near Dart Vale (Personal Comment). SDV359720.

A telephone conversation with a member of the public has indicated this stone may have been moved and possibly now stands within the garden of 'Dart Vale'.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 257-8. [Mapped feature: #3338 ]
SDV359720Personal Comment: Crabb, A.. 2016. Update on the parole stone near Dart Vale. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV8011Related to: Ashburton 'parole' stone on Auswell Hill, just below 'Highgrove' (Monument)
MDV92775Related to: Ashburton 'parole' stone on roadside east of Druid Cottage (Monument)
MDV49091Related to: Ashburton 'parole' stone on the Broadhempston road, Woodland (Monument)
MDV13615Related to: MILESTONE in the Parish of Woodland (Monument)
MDV54463Related to: Tavistock to Ashburton pack-horse track (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 2 2016 2:55PM