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HER Number:MDV2423
Name:The Hanging Stone south-east of Great Trowlesworthy Tor on Lee Moor, Shaugh Prior


Inscribed standing stone known as 'The Hanging Stone' or 'Leaning Rock' of 2.36 metres long by 1.09 metres wide by 0.55 metres thick with 'CB' incised on the east face


Grid Reference:SX 583 636
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56SE36
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439211
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/21
  • Old SAM County Ref: 578
  • Old SAM Ref: 10611

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Constructed, Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 192 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

'The Hanging Stone' or 'Leaning Rock' on Lee Moor is 2.36 metres long by 1.09 metres wide (at the base) by 0.55 metres thick. There is 'CB' incised on it. It is 38 degrees out of the vertical.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56SE36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV138934.

(22/08/1977) SX 58376369. This large stone, which leans considerably to the NW, stands 1.9m high on the crest at the SW end of a spur at 345m above OD. It is rectangular and measures 2.3m long, 1.10m by 0.55m at the base, tapering to 0.85m by 0.45m at the top. No trace of the inscription "CB" (2) could be found. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not recorded on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 161-2, Map 51, figure 51.5 (Monograph). SDV137656.

The 'Hanging Stone' is a massive leaning slab 2.2 metres high by 1.2 metres across at the base with the letters 'BC' cut into the east face. Though appropriated as a boundary marker the stone is much larger than the usual posts and may well have been erected as a standing stone in prehistoric times.

Robertson, J. G., 1994, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV139549.

Stone depicted and described by Robertson.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(05/04/2002) SX 58376371. This stone is as described by Ordnance Survey (1977) though the letters 'C' and 'B', 15cm high, are visible on the south-east facing side. A deep erosion hollow lies at the foot of this stone.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

'Standing Stone' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1010811 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The Cross Dyke includes a standing stone known as 'Hanging Stone'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 161-2, Map 51, figure 51.5.
SDV138934Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56SE36. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Card Index.
SDV139549Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1994. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley. Edinburgh University. Unknown.
SDV231163Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. Paperback Volume. 192.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #132362 ]
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1010811.

Associated Monuments

MDV56849Related to: Cairn 740 metres south-east of Great Trowlesworthy Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV15062Related to: The Cross Dyke boundary, Lee Moor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 20 2021 11:23AM