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HER Number:MDV31023
Name:Ten Commandments Stone, Buckland Beacon

Summary

In 1928 the Ten Commandments were carved on two large stones on the south side of Buckland Beacon by W. Arthur Clements, at the behest of William Whitley (Lord of the Manor) to commemorate the rejection by Parliament of the proposed New Book of Common Prayer. Recut in 1995, the stones underwent a further Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project in 2017.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 735 731
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/7/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INSCRIBED STONE (Early 20th Century - 1927 AD to 1928 AD (Between))

Full description

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 666 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Mr William Whitley (of Welstor) had the 10 commandments engraved on two tablets. A sculptor named W. A. Clement was employed for this purpose and lived in a hut on the fringe of the woods below the beacon while engaged on the work.

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV345904.

(1983) Ten commandments carved on two large stones on south side of Buckland Beacon and dated 15/12/27 - 14/6/28. See worksheet for photograph.

Brown, M., 1996, A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor, 14-15, photograph (Monograph). SDV361770.

The inscription was cut by W. Arthur Clements in 1928 at the behest of William Whitley, then Lord of the Manor to commemorate the rejection by Parliament of the proposed New Book of Common Prayer. Clements camped in a small hut on the edge of the woods below the beacon whilst carrying out the work.
Brown records that the Ten Commandments stone, despite having only been inscribed in the late 1920s, were very weathered around 50 years later. They were recut in the summer of 1995 and at time of writing were again very clear.

Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 56 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Stones on Buckland Beacon inscribed with the ten commandments. SX7350073100. Two large, faced granite slabs with biblical inscriptions on the south-east side of the Buckland Beacon outcrop. Condition is stable.

Moor than Meets the Eye Project Team, 2018, Moor than Meets the Eye (Website). SDV361771.

Ten Commandment Stones Restoration Project 2017
Due to gradual deterioration of the lettering on the stones, project funds from the Moor than Meets the Eye Heritage Lottery Fund project were allocated to restore the inscription.
Work started on 22/05/2017, carried out by conservator and lettering expert, Iain Cotton. Each letter was carefully cleaned and the stones wrapped ahead of a second phase of work (starting 12/06/2017) to repaint the lettering.
The second phase of the process saw further careful cleaning before some of the lettering was re-carved to bring it back to legibility. Finally, the lettering was painted with a specially designed black paint suitable for use at high altitude and exposed weather conditions.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 666.
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 56. [Mapped feature: #17443 ]
SDV361770Monograph: Brown, M.. 1996. A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. A5 Paperback. 14-15, photograph.
SDV361771Website: Moor than Meets the Eye Project Team. 2018. Moor than Meets the Eye. http://www.moorthanmeetstheeye.org/. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV30589Related to: Boundary stone south of Buckland Beacon (Monument)
MDV7977Related to: Buckland Beacon (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 15 2020 9:53AM