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HER Number:MDV4812
Name:Direction Stone at Place Cross

Summary

An upright granite stone on the eastern side of a busy road junction known as Place Cross. It is inscribed on both faces, and is dated 1704.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 564 945
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/8
  • Old SAM County Ref: 589
  • Old SAM Ref: 34278

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DIRECTION STONE (XVIII - 1704 AD to 1704 AD (Throughout))

Full description

Silvester, R. J., Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343856.

Sunken track running beside modern road merging with it at both ends.


Burd, E. P., 1936, Okehampton Turnpikes, 319 (Article in Serial). SDV222431.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1943, Notes on Some Old Roadside Stones in South West Devon, 149 (Article in Serial). SDV148816.


Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1965, Direction Stone at Place Cross (Schedule Document). SDV343860.

Site visit 11th March 1965. An upright stone 3 feet high, 9 inches broad, 6 inches thick, inscribed HATH/ERLY/1704/SM/EL on one face and OKE (H) AMP/TON/1704 on the other, in crude but vigorous early eighteenth century lettering. It stands on the grass verge at the intersection of two roads.


Minchinton, W. E., 1973, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 5 (Monograph). SDV7016.

There is an old direction post with the date 1704 on it, where the road went past Place Cross by Yelland Farm,and Ashbury Cross to Maddaford Moor.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX59SE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV343859.

Site visit 11th October 1974. The direction stone which has been repositioned (SX56439452) is 1.0 metre high, 0.2 metres thick. Well preserved.


Mitchell, M., 1979, A30 Okehampton Bypass: A Further Archaeological Report (Report - Survey). SDV343862.


King, A. C., 1979, A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report (Report - Survey). SDV343861.

Site visit 23rd November 1978. In place behind modern direction board. Other details: No 27.


Timms, S. C., 1983, Untitled Source (Ground Photograph). SDV343857.


Timms, S. C., 1983, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343858.

Site visit on 6th July 1983, no change. Photograph taken.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, Guide Post at Place Cross (Schedule Document). SDV343855.

A guide post situated on the eastern side of a busy road junction at the fork between two roads, the Narratons Road and the Holsworthy Road at the junction known as Place Cross. The monument survives as an upright granite stone, leaning at a rather sharp angle, which measures 0.25 metres wide by 0.2 metres deep at the base and tapers slightly upwards to a height of 0.7 metres. The stone is inscribed on two faces: HATH/ERLY/1704/S M/GL OKE/AMP/TON/1704.


Heal, V., 2003, Place Cross, Okehampton, Fallen Direction Stone SM34278 (Correspondence). SDV343854.

The broken upper part of the inscribed direction stone at Place Cross is to be removed to Okehampton during road improvements. It was agreed that an archaeological excavation will be undertaken to establish whether the cross base remains in situ. Subject to the findings of this exercise the stone will be returned and either joined to the base, or the surviving part erected on a plinth with the inscription above ground level.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2004, Proposed Works at Guide Post at Place Cross (Correspondence). SDV343852.

Scheduled monument consent granted for works at guide post.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2004, Proposed Works at Guide Post at Place Cross (Correspondence). SDV343853.

Scheduled monument consent granted for works concerning archaeological evaluation to determine the existence of a plinth/socket hole for the guide post.


English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 119 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.


English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 112 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.


English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West, 118 (Report - non-specific). SDV355280.

Extensive significant problems. Declining.

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. 149.
SDV222431Article in Serial: Burd, E. P.. 1936. Okehampton Turnpikes. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 68. A5 Hardback. 319.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 119.
SDV343852Correspondence: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2004. Proposed Works at Guide Post at Place Cross. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Letter.
SDV343853Correspondence: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2004. Proposed Works at Guide Post at Place Cross. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Letter.
SDV343854Correspondence: Heal, V.. 2003. Place Cross, Okehampton, Fallen Direction Stone SM34278. Letter. Letter.
SDV343855Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. Guide Post at Place Cross. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV343856Personal Comment: Silvester, R. J..
SDV343857Ground Photograph: Timms, S. C.. 1983. Devon County Council Conservation Section Collection. Photograph (Paper).
SDV343858Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1983.
SDV343859Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX59SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV343860Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1965. Direction Stone at Place Cross. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV343861Report - Survey: King, A. C.. 1979. A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Mixed Archive Material.
SDV343862Report - Survey: Mitchell, M.. 1979. A30 Okehampton Bypass: A Further Archaeological Report. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Unknown.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 112.
SDV355280Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West. english Heritage. Digital. 118.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1973. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 5.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 8 2014 8:51AM