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HER Number:MDV15023
Name:Boundary stones at Roos Tor, Peter Tavy

Summary

Thirteen upright granite boundary markers of on average 1.0 metre high, surrounding the summit of Roos Tor. Each is inscribed with a letter 'B'. Set up in the late 19th century to mark the limit for licensed granite cutting in the area by the land owner the Duke of Bedford, they are marked with a 'B'.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 543 766
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NW 160
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/104
  • Pastscape: 1406369

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Built, XIX - 1850 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Harris, H., 1981, 19th Century granite working on Pew Tor and Staple Tor, Western Dartmoor, 43 (Article in Serial). SDV236242.

Evidence of stone cutting on Roos Tor. In 1880 the summit was made a protected area with a ring of 14 stone posts marked B (Duke of Bedford). Beside all but one of these is a natural block of stone marked with a horizontal line within a circle.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.


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

The stones mark the limit for licensed granite cutting in the area by the land owner the Duke of Bedford, who would not permit destruction of the tor itself. The upright stones were erected in about 1890 to replace the earlier less conspicuous stones which date from about 1847.


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

A series of 13 upright granite boundary markers which surround the summit of Roos Tor. Each stone measures approximately 1.0 metre high and is cut from dressed granite of 0.3 metres square. On the side facing away from the tor is a large inscribed letter 'B' (for Bedford). Several of the stones have an additional stone beside them. These are mostly earthfast natural stones inscribed with a circle having a line across its diameter and are earlier than the upright examples.


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.

Thirteen upright granite boundary markers of on average 1.0 metre high, surrounding the summit of Roos Tor. Each is inscribed with a letter 'B'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV236242Article in Serial: Harris, H.. 1981. 19th Century granite working on Pew Tor and Staple Tor, Western Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 113. Unknown. 43.
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.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
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. [Mapped feature: #112925 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV56385Related to: Logan stone at Roos Tor (Monument)
MDV56386Related to: Rock basin at Roos Tor (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:Aug 10 2018 2:47PM