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HER Number:MDV8281
Name:Headless Cross, Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead

Summary

A standing stone rather than a 'headless cross'. The original was damaged beyond repair by a stolen car set on light beside it in 1990 and a replica, apparently made out of a gatepost, was erected in its stead.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 770 878
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1750 AD (Between))
  • STANDING STONE (Erected, XX - 1992 AD to 1992 AD)

Full description

Griffiths, D. M., 17/05/1986, Headless Cross (Personal Comment). SDV356188.

As recorded by Ordnance Survey in 1981.


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

Stone marked.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 327 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

Apparently a menhir, not a 'headless cross'.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953-1981, SX78NE4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV305581.

Site visit 16th April 1953. Roughly rectangular in section, the head is much weathered and rounded. It stands at the junction of old tracks. As Ordnance Survey bench mark has been cut into the south-east face.
Site visit 23rd December 1981. An erect, unweathered stone, 1.6 metres high and 0.2 by 0.3 metres with roughly dressed sides and a broken top. It does not appear to be a standing stone or a cross. Possibly a boundary stone.


National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112, 1001 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible and recorded.


McCrone, P., 1996, Hingston Down Field System (Correspondence). SDV356189.

The replica was made from an adapted gatepost. It was erected to replace the original after a stolen car was set on fire beside it.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Stone marked.


Griffiths, D. M., 25/11/1992, Standing Stone (Worksheet). SDV305584.

Headless Cross was driven into by a stolen car on 28th November 1990. It was broken in three pieces and covered in molten metal. Not possible to ment. A replica was made by Dartmoor National Park Authority and erected in 1992.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1937. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 327.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953-1981. SX78NE4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 25/11/1992. Standing Stone. Digital.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1001.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #49878 ]
  • Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. 17/05/1986. Headless Cross.
  • Correspondence: McCrone, P.. 1996. Hingston Down Field System. Letter to B. Horner. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 13 2016 1:51PM