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HER Number:MDV21216
Name:Inscribed stone south-west of Church of St Mary, Walkhampton


A block of granite set horizontally in the north wall of the footpath to the churchyard. Possibly part of a stone stile. Bears the inscription "TB 168" a further figure is damaged. Inscription is thought to refer to the Church parson from 1683; Thomas Bowen.


Grid Reference:SX 536 699
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NW2
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439052
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/84

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INSCRIBED STONE (XVII - 1680 AD to 1689 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1949, The Moorstone Age, Part 1, 322 (Article in Serial). SDV274816.

In 1681 the southern approach to the church was improved and a stone stile was erected; of this the two posts and the step remain. There is an inscription on the adjoining wall "T. B.1681", the initials of the vicar.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV247378.

(Visited 31/1/1951) A block of granite 1.33 metres long 0.5 metres wide and 0.15 metres deep set horizontally in the north wall of the footpath to the churchyard, at the height of 0.5 metres above step level. Bears the inscription "TB 168" the last figure is damaged, but would appear to be either 3, 5 or 9. Possibly part of a stone stile; two side stones of which are used as the present gateway close by. Each of these gate posts bear incisions of corresponding size in the ends of the stone and the 'stile' would compare with others of similar type in the neighbourhood. Condition of stone fair.

Worth, R. H., 1950, The Moorstone Age, Part 2, 343, plate D (Article in Serial). SDV336081.

Hamilton-Leggett, P., 2016, A Brief Guide to St. Mary the Virgin, Walkhampton (Leaflet). SDV363907.

Initials of the parson, Thomas Bowen (1683) can be seen carved on a stone now set into the wall but once part of the stile by Church steps. 'Elbow Lane' may date to this time.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV247378Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NW2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV274816Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1949. The Moorstone Age, Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 81. A5 Hardback. 322.
SDV336081Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1950. The Moorstone Age, Part 2. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 343, plate D.

Associated Monuments

MDV99763Part of: Steps and former stile, on path leading to Church, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV128979Related to: Walkhampton Church Way (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 7 2021 3:33PM