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HER Number:MDV28686
Name:Stephen's Grave


Worked moorland slab of triangular shape with a crude stone post 0.6 metres high set in the top. Said to have been mentioned in 1802 as the grave of a suicide, George Stephens. Stone inscribed with the letter 'S'.


Grid Reference:SX 535 781
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 97
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/190
  • Pastscape: 439990

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GRAVE MARKER (XVII to XIX - 1700 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Stephen's Grave' is depicted on the late 19th century (1880s) historic map.

Crossing, W., 1892, Old Stone Crosses of the Dartmoor Border, 90 (Monograph). SDV279564.

An upright stone beside the track on the common east of the village is mentioned in 1802 as the grave of a suicide, Steven's grave. The mound is still distinguishable but the stone has gone.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 152-3 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Mound knows as 'Stephen's Grave', which marks the site where a suicide was buried. George Stephens was a youth of Peter Tavy who is recorded to have taken his life due to the unfaithfulness of the girl to whom he was betrothed. Crossing records a legend that at the moment he was being laid to rest, some linen that was hanging out to bleach at Higher Godsworthy was caught up in the air in a freak gust of wind and was never seen again.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57NW97 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV225158.

20/10/1980 The grave mound is almost imperceptible and is now surmounted by a moorland slab with the letter 's' incised upon it, and an upright post (see ground photograph). Crossing's later and probably corrected spelling the 'Stephens' is that in normal use, but note the Ordnance Survey misplacement of the apostrophe. The grave is probably 18th century.

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

Recorded but not described by Aerial Photograph Project.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Stephen's Grave' is marked on the modern mapping, as well as 'Stone' idicating the marker stone for the grave site.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

Site is as described. The worked moorland slab of triangular shape has a crude stone post 0.6 metres high set in the top. The surrounding ground surface has been cut up by vehicle tracks and the mound is not traceable (citing Fletcher, M. J., 11/11/1987, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225158Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57NW97. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV279564Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1892. Old Stone Crosses of the Dartmoor Border. Old stone crosses of the Dartmoor border. Unknown. 90.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 152-3.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #15845 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV7489Related to: Jay's Grave, 980 metres north of Swallerton Gate, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 19 2018 10:04AM