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HER Number:MDV2225
Name:Boundary Stone on Roborough Down between Buckland Monnachorum & Bickleigh parishes


Boundary stone between Bickleigh and Buckland Monachorum parishes built into the hedge bounding Roborough Down to the west of main road, at a corner south of the lane to Henshears and Pound Cross. Poosibly the site of 'Brokencross' mentioned in the 16th century


Grid Reference:SX 504 637
Map Sheet:SX56SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAMERTON FOLIOT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SW/32

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 118NW (Cartographic). SDV337443.

Boundary stone shown on early 20th century map.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1943, Notes on Some Old Roadside Stones in South West Devon, 153, Figure 16 (Article in Serial). SDV148816.

Milestone. Roborough down. Built into the hedge bounding the down to the west of main road, at a corner south of the lane to Henshears and Pound Cross. Marked on Ordnance Survey as boundary stone of Tamerton Foliott and Buckland Monachorum. Also served as milestone. The green path running alongside may once have been the course of the original highway. A rectangular granite block, with a rounded top with the incised inscription: 2 & 1/2 mile to H. May be the distance to Maristow.

Hawkins, D. + Gray, V., 1982, Plymouth Leat worksheet (Worksheet). SDV273786.

Site visited on 20th December 1982. Stone could not be located.

Watson, A., 2007-2017?, Devon Crosses, 63 (Un-published). SDV360833.

Possible site of 'Brokencross' marked on a late 16th century map of the Plymouth Leat. It is shown standing between the road (to Tavistock) across Roborough Down and the leat, which at this point runs in a direction parallel with the road. The position is further defined by its proximity to a side turning leading to Buckland. It is possible that the site of this missing cross is now occupied by a roughly tapering block of Roborough Down stone, the top of which is fashioned into the letter ‘B’ cut in relief. This stone is a boundary mark of the parishes of Bickeigh and Buckland Monochorum, and is near the southern extremity of Roborough Down, a short distance east of the main road, nearly opposite the Buckland turning. It has been suggested that this stone may have replaced ‘Brokencross’.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Boundary Stone' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148816Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1943. Notes on Some Old Roadside Stones in South West Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 153, Figure 16.
SDV273786Worksheet: Hawkins, D. + Gray, V.. 1982. Plymouth Leat worksheet. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV337443Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 118NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV360833Un-published: Watson, A.. 2007-2017?. Devon Crosses. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 63.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #128433 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV127137Related to: Field boundaries on Roborough Down, Buckland Monachorum (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2021 1:41PM