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HER Number:MDV3895
Name:COMMEMORATIVE STONE in the Parish of Stowford


Stowford, near lifton. Latin: guniglei (?). Probably 7th or 8th century (alexander).


Grid Reference:SX 432 870
Map Sheet:SX48NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStowford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOWFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX48NW/4
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COMMEMORATIVE STONE (Roman to VII - 43 AD to 700 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239971.

Anon/arch. J/8/(1851)424.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239972.

Pearce, s. /dumnonia/(1978)26. Pearce ascribes the stone to the later part of the 6th century (pearce).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239973.

Macalister, r. A. S. /corpus inscriptionum insularum celticarum/2(1949)187.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239974.

Rhys, j. /arch. Camb. /6(1875)/4th series/362,366.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239975.

Chanter, j. F. /tda/42(1910)481/christianity in devon before ad909.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239976.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239977.

Pearce, s. M. /archaeol. J. /142(1985)257-258.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326152.

Standing stone inscription running vertically down the stone in insular majuscule lettering variously interpreted as "gurgles", "gomgel" or "gunglel" (doe).

MACALISTER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148700.

Macalister no.1060. Sandstone pillar standing in the churchyard just beside the gate. Reads: "gurgles" (macalister).

ALEXANDER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV219470.

Stowford, near lifton. Latin: guniglei (?). Probably 7th or 8th century (alexander).

ARCH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239964.

Arch. J. Dates the stone to 5th century, and transcribes the lettering as gomgel or gunglel (arch).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239969.

Alexander, j. J. /tda/69(1937)154/eighth report on early history.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1955, SX48NW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV239970.

A stone of smooth waterworn appearance. Five feet in height above ground level, roughly triangular in section with a faint inscription on the south face. Site visit 03/05/1955.

Memorial stone standing on the south side of Stowford churchyard gate. Inscription in insular majuscule of circa 600 AD or a little later, reading in one vertical line. Raleigh Radford, C. A. + Phillips, C. W.

It measured 5ft in length and has the word GUMGLEL or GUNGLEI incised upon it. The form of the characters would fix the date as 5th century. Archaeological Journal, 8, 1851, 424.

As described; the inscription is still clearly visible. Site visit 04/06/1973.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148700Migrated Record: MACALISTER.
SDV219470Migrated Record: ALEXANDER.
SDV239964Migrated Record: ARCH.
SDV239969Migrated Record:
SDV239970Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1955. SX48NW3. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV239971Migrated Record:
SDV239972Migrated Record:
SDV239973Migrated Record:
SDV239974Migrated Record:
SDV239975Migrated Record:
SDV239976Migrated Record:
SDV239977Migrated Record:
SDV326152Migrated Record: Department of Environment.

Associated Monuments

MDV33Related to: Dark Age Cemetery on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 29 2018 11:37AM