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HER Number:MDV122604
Name:Prison boundary stones at Holming Beam, Princetown

Summary

Two adjacent granite boundary stones associated with Dartmoor Prison. One is flat topped and uninscribed. The other has a rounded top and is inscribed "DCP" (Directors of Convict Prisons) on it northern face.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 588 772
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NE 94
  • Pastscape: 1065154

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Constructed, XIX - 1867 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Brewer, D., 1986, A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor, 68-9 (Monograph). SDV309252.

The inscribed stone (Riley, 1994) is one of a group related to Dartmoor Prison.


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

Erected after 1867 when the enlarged bounds of the prison were marked with 'DCP' stones. Inscribed 'DCP'. Marked on plan.


Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey, 10/08/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

Condition is stable.


Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

Two adjacent granite boundary stones associated with Dartmoor Prison. One is flat topped and uninscribed. The other has a rounded top and is inscribed "DCP" on it northern face.


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

'Stones' depicted on the modern mapping.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

Two boundary stones are located at the north-eastern corner of the prison newtake at SX58857729. The western stone, close to the fence corner, is a rough moorstone block which measures 0.85 metres high, 0.3 metres wide and 0.15 metres thick. It is flat-topped and leans slightly to the west; no inscription is visible. Two metres to the east of this stone is a second boundary stone. It is a round-topped, dressed granite block and measures 0.5 metres high, 0.2 metres wide and 0.2 metres thick. The letters "DCP", 0.05 metres high, are inscribed on its northern face. The letters refer to "Directors of Convict Prisons" (Brewer 1986, 69) (citing Riley, H. M., 11/07/1994 Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation Comments).
No change (citing Probert, S. A. J., 23/08/2002, English Heritage Field Investigation).


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. 68-9.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. 10/08/2004.
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.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112799 ]
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV361799Plan - sketch: Joy, R.. pre 2007. Annotated map of the Dartmoor Prison DCP stones. Digital. undated.

Associated Monuments

MDV15309Part of: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown (Building)
MDV112635Related to: Boundary stone north-east of Little Mis Tor (Monument)
MDV122637Related to: Prison boundary stone at Holming Beam (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Oct 2 2018 4:13PM