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HER Number:MDV5672
Name:Hobajon's Cross, Piles Hill

Summary

Habojons Cross (still so called) is at SX 65516047 and is a natural stone measuring 1.3 metres. high and 0.5 metres square at the base tapering towards the top. There is an incised cross on the west face of the stone. The cross is marked on one stone in the Butterdon alignment 300 metres south of the northern terminal of the row.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 655 604
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/13

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CROSS INCISED STONE (Late Medieval - 1401 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 379 (Monograph). SDV320981.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 306 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

Hobajohn's Cross, Piles Hill elevation 360 metres. This stone stands in line with the Butterdon Hill stone row, on the south side of Piles Hill. The stone is a tapered shape and has a cross (127 milimetres by 178 milimetres) incised on the west side near the top of the stone. A number of stones lie at its base.
This position agrees with the cross shown and named on the map believed to date from 1478. Formerly it was thought that Hobajohn's Cross was north of the Three Barrows, probably at the spot occupied by the Ermington boundary stone. Re-erected in 1800 (source unclear; probably Masson Phillips).


Worth, R. H., 1941, Dartmoor: 1788 - 1808, 203 (Article in Serial). SDV160667.

Hobajohn's Cross. Having fallen, it was re-erected in 1800. Incised cross visible.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1943, Supplementary Notes on the Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon. (Third Paper), 260-261 (Article in Serial). SDV320746.


Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 205 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Hobajons Cross, at Longtitude 3o 53' 37"., Latitude 50o 25' 41" is incorrectly shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch historic map. It stands 1.4 metres in height, measures 0.5 metres by 0.2 metres at the base and is marked by an incised cross. Having fallen it was re-erected in 1800. It is in the Butterdon Hill stone row and was formerly thought to mark the end, but a map of 1803 shows an extension beyond it to the Longstone.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SE58 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV142038.

Habojons Cross (still so called) is at SX 65516047 and is a natural stone measuring 1.3 metres. high and 0.5 metres square at the base tapering towards the top. There is an incised cross on the west face of the stone.
On the south side which faces Butterdon Hill are a number of small depressions 2.5 to 3.0 centimetres across and about 1.5 centimetres deep. The cross forms the end of the Butterdon alignment and from it there is a re-alignment to the Longstone.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1987, Supplementary Notes on the Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon (Eighth Paper), 119 (Article in Serial). SDV350260.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

'Hobajon's Cross' is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

One stone in the row c.300m south of this northern terminal has a cross incised on its west face and is known as Hobajon's Cross.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV142038Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SE58. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV160667Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. Dartmoor: 1788 - 1808. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. Unknown. 203.
SDV240502Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1937. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 306.
SDV320746Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1943. Supplementary Notes on the Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon. (Third Paper). Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 260-261.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 379.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 205.
SDV350260Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1987. Supplementary Notes on the Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon (Eighth Paper). Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 119. Paperback Volume. 119.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #35941 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV2988Part of: Butterdon Hill stone row (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2016 4:07PM