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HER Number:MDV49461
Name:Shovel Down boundary stone, Gidleigh


Thought to have been a circle with only two remaining stones. Later study has concluded that this is part of the historic boundary marker. Two upright slabs act as parish boundary markers. They both stand to a height of 1.2 metres.


Grid Reference:SX 652 854
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE115
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 889193
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/237
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/275

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY MARKER (Constructed, Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(15/08/1991) Centred SX 65528546. Two upright slabs situated in the shallow valley bottom above the headmire of the eastern arm of the Stonetor Brook. The slabs, 1.2 metres high, are positioned in line 1.0 metres apart and lie on the boundary of Gidleigh Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor, now Dartmoor Forest parish. The northern face of the eastern stone has the letters 'GP' (Gidleigh parish). The southern face is lichen covered. A deep water filled erosion hollow lies on the northern side of these stones.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 55, 60, 81, G12 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Stone circle, Stonetor Hill approximately 20 metres diameter. Two stones standing. Ruined. Between streams that run into the north and south Teign rivers. One axis on low ridge, other on saddle.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 187, Map 37, Site 'a' (Monograph). SDV219155.

Two rough slabs stand in line on the level ground below the 'Stonetor Hill North settlement'. The eastern stone is inscribed 'GP' and marks the boundary between Gidleigh parish to the north and Dartmoor Forest and were erectd in the 19th century. It is not known why two stones were necessary.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Alternative action report. This is a duplicate of the boundary stone entry. The stones are formed by thin slabs and are more likely to be of historic date. Considered under Monument Protection Programme, but not recommended for scheduling because duplication.

Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1995, Site visit (Report - Survey). SDV233698.

(Visited 13/2/1995) Stable condition.

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Depicted on the survey layer.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Shown as 'BS' on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 187, Map 37, Site 'a'.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 55, 60, 81, G12.
SDV233698Report - Survey: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1995. Site visit. Agricultural Development Advisory Sheet. Unknown.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert. [Mapped feature: #93510 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jun 8 2023 4:00PM