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HER Number:MDV6870
Name:Boundary stone on roadside south-west of Bude Farm, Belstone

Summary

Boundary stone or medieval cross at Bude Lane is a short stone of rectangular section with incised markings on three sides. Historic maps show it as the remains of a 'Stone Cross'

Location

Grid Reference:SX 631 947
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBelstone
Civil ParishSticklepath
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBELSTONE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX69SW2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/6
  • Pastscape: 444133

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Alternate Type) CROSS (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOUNDARY STONE (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Stone Cross (Remains of)' shown on 19th century map.

Baring Gould, S., 1900, A Book of Dartmoor, 149 (Monograph). SDV277387.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Stone Cross (Remains of)' shown on early 20th century map.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 331 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

At Bude Lane turning, on the road from Okehampton to Sticklepath is a short stone of rectangular section with incised markings on three sides, east, south and north. The western face is plain. The markings include circles, semicircles and St. Andrew's crosses.

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

Dimensions circa 1 metres by 0.25 metres by 0.15 metres.

Griffiths, D. M., 1990, Boundary stone at Bude Lane (Worksheet). SDV222603.

medieval stone. Lower half of stone said to have been buried during road works many years ago. Excavation being planned to expose as much of stone as possible.

Exeter Archaeology, 1998, Archaeological Assessment of Tongue End to Crediton Water Main Replacement, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV323202.

Stone now in verge on north side of road.

Watson, A., 2007-2017?, Devon Crosses, 76 (Un-published). SDV360833.

Bude Lane cross at SX631947 stands beside the old main road from Okehampton to Exeter, at the junction of a lane leading to Bude Farm, about 2.5 miles east of Okehampton. The cross is of rectangular section with incised markings on three sides, north, south and east. The origins of this stone, believed to date from Saxon times, are unknown. At present it is acting as a parish boundary mark. The cross was re erected in 1990.
Cross height 1.27 metres, width at base 0.40 metres by 0.15 metres, at top 0.25 metres by 0.15 metres.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 444133, SX69SW2 (Website). SDV363416.

Stone Cross (Remains of). One of the two Pre-Conquest inscribed stones in Belstone parish.
Masson Phillips says this is not a stone cross but a boundary-stone of the parish. Writers who have mentioned it have probably over-estimated its age. It is a short stone of rectangular section with incised markings on the three sides, East, South and North. The West face is plain. The markings include circles, semi-circles and St Andrew's crosses.
Field Investigation on 23rd July 1974. The stone, is no longer on the parish boundary. The top of the stone has been damaged or broken.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Boundary Stone' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV222603Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 1990. Boundary stone at Bude Lane.
SDV240502Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1937. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 331.
SDV277387Monograph: Baring Gould, S.. 1900. A Book of Dartmoor. A Book of Dartmoor. Unknown. 149.
SDV323202Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1998. Archaeological Assessment of Tongue End to Crediton Water Main Replacement. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.42. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV343861Report - Survey: King, A. C.. 1979. A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Mixed Archive Material.
SDV360833Un-published: Watson, A.. 2007-2017?. Devon Crosses. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 76.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 444133, SX69SW2.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 18 2021 1:44PM