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Roskilly Boundary Stone

On the Peter Tavy / Mary Tavy parish boundary and the bounds of the old Willsworthy Manor Bounds next to farm enclosures lies two boundary stones inscribed “R” and “WD42”.

The “R” stone relates to the Roskilly family who farmed Willsworthy for several generations. The “WD42” stone is one of 45 Willsworthy Range “WD” standing stones (WD1-16 and WD18-46), which map out the tract of land that the War Department purchased in 1903. The route follows virtually the the line of the old Willsworthy Manor bounds, with some slight variations (of about 3200 acres) which were purchased from the Calmady-Hamlyn family. A post on the all the WD stones can be found at:

https://dartmoorexplorations.co.uk/willsworthy-range-wd-war-department-standing-stones/

Map
Sketch map showing the approx location of the “R” and “WD42” standing stones.
R1
The “R” and “WD42” stones are separated by a small bank and fence.
R2
The Roskilly “R” stone is quite lightly inscribed and had a mud makeover to enhance the above photograph.
R3
The Roskilly “R” stone can be found at SX52671 81560.
R4
The Roskilly stone was once recumbent (circa 1990’s) and was re-erected by the National Park. It now appears to be a support for the nearby fence.
R5
“WD 42” is recorded at SX 52677 81557.

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