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HER Number:MDV16573
Name:Ashburton to Tavistock routemarker

Summary

The first of directing stones on Longash Common, Merrivale, placed at intervals of about 200 meters to mark the way from Ashburton to Tavistock.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 556 747
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/179

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC (XVII to XVIII - 1650 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 106NE (Cartographic). SDV249909.

Stones marked on OS 6" (1906) map.


Worth, R. H., 1930, Proceedings at the Annual Meeting, 32-33 (Article in Serial). SDV231168.

The first of directing stones on Longash Common, Merrivale, placed at intervals of about 200 meters to mark the way from Ashburton to Tavistock. They extend from near the eastern end of the stone rows eastwards by way of Yellowmead Farm into the valley of the Meavy. 'T' is inscribed on the Tavistock face and 'A' on the Ashburton side. They date from last years of 17th century and replaced earlier stone crosses.


Prowse, D. C. + Worth, R. H., 1934, On Some Guide Stones Standing on the Course of the Old Track from Tavistock to Ashburton, 317-322 (Article in Serial). SDV258802.

Before 1911 six guide stones marking out a way from east end of Merrivale Stone Rows to approximately 490 meters south-east of Yellowmead Farm were known. Since then five more, and possibly a sixth, have been identified along with others which have been removed to other locations. They mostly stand, if still standing, between 1.5 meters and 2.0 meters above ground and measure about 0.25 meters by 0.38 meters at the base. Donne's map of 1765 shows a track marked out by guide stones. This map is reproduced with one by the authors too. Other details: Plans and maps.


Ordnance Survey, 1952, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV258807.


Probert, S. A. J., 2000, The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon, 9 (Report - Survey). SDV344969.

Wedge-split granite route marking post with the letters 'T' and 'A' inscribed on opposing sides of the post with the 'T' on the side facing Tavistock and the 'A' on the side facing Ashburton. Thought to have been erected in the final years of the 17th century to mark the route between the settlements. The post measures 0.25 meters square and 1.8 meters high.


Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage, 2004, Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape, 23 (Leaflet). SDV320201.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231168Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1930. Proceedings at the Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 62. 32-33.
SDV249909Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 106NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV258802Article in Serial: Prowse, D. C. + Worth, R. H.. 1934. On Some Guide Stones Standing on the Course of the Old Track from Tavistock to Ashburton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 66. 317-322.
SDV258807Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1952. 25".
SDV320201Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage. 2004. Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape. A5 Stapled. 23.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #81818 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 9.

Associated Monuments

MDV5017Related to: Boundary stones at Yellowmead Farm (Monument)
MDV3365Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV16868Related to: ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV4948Related to: ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6291Related to: ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6292Related to: ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Oct 7 2010 1:49PM