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Lyn Long Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2128 / 51°12'46"N

Longitude: -3.8235 / 3°49'24"W

OS Eastings: 272728.286806

OS Northings: 147533.081969

OS Grid: SS727475

Mapcode National: GBR L1.3Z1S

Mapcode Global: VH4M9.PS04

Entry Name: Lyn Long Stones

Scheduled Date: 10 August 1923

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003881

English Heritage Legacy ID: DV 29

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Lynton and Lynmouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lynton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Summary

Two prehistoric standing stones on Lyn Down, 630m west of Lower Combe Park Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes two prehistoric standing stones situated on the summit of a ridge marking the watershed between the valleys of the West Lyn River and Hoaroak Water.

The southern stone is 2.1m high and tapers upwards from 0.75m wide at the base to 0.45m wide at the top. Situated 3.5m to the south, the second smaller stone is 1.2m high and is leaning slightly. In 1906 both stones were re-erected back into their original holes by Preb. Chanter F.S.A and R. Handsford Worth.

The Ordnance Survey mapping for 1889 depicts several more stones within this field, these were turbary marker stones, which denoted the boundaries of turf cutting allotments. These were removed in 1906 prior to cultivation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for those few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, which range in size from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points. Their accompanying buried features show they also had a ritual function and form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age.

Despite restoration in 1906, the two prehistoric standing stones known as Lyn Long Stones survive comparatively well and enjoy views to the coast of South Wales. The area between and around the stones is likely to contain important archaeological and environmental information relating to their use and the nature of their surrounding landscape. They have undoubtedly formed a significant landmark within this landscape for a considerable time.

Source: Historic England

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PastScape Monument Nos:- 35188 and 926153

Source: Historic England

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