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Stone cove at Stanton Drew 25m south west of St Mary's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Stanton Drew, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3655 / 51°21'55"N

Longitude: -2.5795 / 2°34'46"W

OS Eastings: 359748.370148

OS Northings: 163098.917807

OS Grid: ST597630

Mapcode National: GBR JR.T7TC

Mapcode Global: VH891.7YN2

Entry Name: Stone cove at Stanton Drew 25m south west of St Mary's Church

Scheduled Date: 18 August 1882

Last Amended: 9 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007916

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22862

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Civil Parish: Stanton Drew

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes `The Cove', a closely-spaced group of three standing
stones, situated 25m south west of St Mary's Church on a low ridge overlooking
dry valleys to the south and west. One of the three stones has now fallen.
The stones vary in size between 1.5m and 3m high, and between 2.1m and 2.9m
wide. The fallen stone is 4.3m long, although part of this would originally
have been buried. Together, the three stones enclose an area with dimensions
of 3m from east to west and 4m from north to south.
The cove forms part of the Stanton Drew complex which includes associated
stone circles and avenues.
The monument has been in State care since 1883.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts relating to property
boundaries, although the underlying ground is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Stone coves are square or rectangular arrangements, usually with a large
standing stone on each of three sides and the fourth side open. As at Stanton
Drew, they are generally associated with large stone circles and associated
features such as henges and avenues. Where excavated they have been found to
date from the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age periods. Their function is
not yet fully understood although their associations tend to suggest a ritual
There are currently nine stone coves positively identified in England and
all are associated with other related forms of prehistoric ritual monuments.
As a rare monument type which provides an insight into prehistoric ritual
activity, all surviving examples are worthy of preservation.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Stanton Drew Stone Circles and associated monuments, (1985), 2

Source: Historic England

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