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HER Number:MDV54598
Name:Standing Stone on summit of Assycombe Hill

Summary

Boundary stone marked with the letter 'D' on Assacombe Hill. The 'D' probably denotes John Davie owner of the Fernworthy estate in the late 18th, early 19th century and the stone is probably a marking out stone and thus one of a set delineating the newtake before boundary walls were constructed.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 664 819
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE193
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 916289
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/342
  • Pastscape: 916289

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Erected, XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))
  • INSCRIBED STONE (Erected, XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 169, Map 35 (Monograph). SDV219155.

The D Stone. A tall pillar on the summit of Assycombe Hill, 25 metres outside Fernworthy plantation. A lightly cut letter 'D' on the west face indicates a Duchy bound. However, as this stone is well within the present boundary of the forest it must have some other significance.

Newman, P., 1992, Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV352719.

Site visit 10th December 1992. A standing granite slab of rectangular section is situated in open moorland on the broad summit of assycombe hill. It is 1.4 metres high, 0.4 metres wide and 0.15 metres thick; part of the top has been cut at an angle. Firmly set with numerous small boulders crudely embedded around its base, it has been roughly dressed and no chisel or drill marks are obvious. It appears to be some sort of marker, but as stated by Butler its function is not obvious although it is probably of recent origin. It is not depicted on recent Ordnance Survey maps. The crude, incised letter on the south face, identified as a letter 'D' by butler, is clearly visible and is 2 millimetres deep; whether it is wholly man made or partly natural striations is not clear.

English Heritage, 2013, Pastscape, 916289 (Website). SDV352645.

Single upright stone-probably recent origin. NMR No. SX68SE193. Record last updated: N/A

Newman, P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 53, 55, Fig 47 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

SX 6645 8119 Boundary stone marked with the letter 'D' on Assacombe Hill. The 'D' probably denotes John Davie owner of the Fernworthy estate in the late 18th, early 19th century and the stone is probably a marking out stone and thus one of a set delineating the newtake before boundary walls were constructed.
NB: incorrect grid reference provided for this feature; location shown on the map (figure 47) matches location of stone recorded on Pastscape record (916289).

Machin, N., 2021, Assycombe boundary stone (Photograph). SDV364263.

Stone photographed in 2021 and location confirmed SX 66468 81998.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 169, Map 35.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Southwest Landscape Investigations. Digital + A4. 53, 55, Fig 47. [Mapped feature: #34430 ]
SDV352645Website: English Heritage. 2013. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 916289.
SDV352719Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1992. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992

Date Last Edited:Apr 19 2021 9:53AM