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SOUTH BRENT / DEAN PRIOR PARISH BOUNDARY STANDING STONES BETWEEN DOCKWELL HOLE AND LONG-A-TRAW

The South Brent parish northern boundary borders the neighbouring parish of Dean Prior. Where the parish boundary crosses the ridge between Dockwell Hole and Long-a-Traw (where Small Brook enters the Avon), there are a number of roughly hewn boundary marker stones. There are 11 boundary markers shown on the modern OS map. However on a late 19th century “side-by-side” map, there appears to be 14 stones. This post is a photographic record of all the 14 boundary marker stones (from the “side-by side” map and details 10 digit National Grid References (NGRs), where each is located. To add to the mystery, there appears to be a possible 15th stone…….

Parish Map
Location of the boundary stones from GENUKI map
The “side-by-side” map showing 14 boundary standing stones
The modern OS map only shows 11 stones
BS1
So lets go….this is the first boundary stone near Dockwell Hole. This view is towards Harbourne Head (and man) looking east
BS2a
…..and onto stone 2, which can be seen from stone 1
BS2b
Boundary stone 2. The difference between stone 1 and stone 2 is startling. This theme continues with each stone
BS3
From Boundary stone 2, the third stone can be found just above a gully (west) side as the hill is climbed to the ridge line
The third boundary stone looking back down the hill towards Dockwell Hole
BS4a
Boundary stone 4
BS4b
Looking east at Boundary stone 4. The theme of different sized and shaped stones continues
BS4c
Boundary stone 4, looking down hill towards the first three stones and Dockwell Hole
BS5a
Boundary stone 5, looking east.
BS5b
Another view towards Dockwell Hole as the hill is climbed
BS6a
The hill has some low lying gorse, which can be seen at Boundary stone 6
BS6b
Boundary Stone 6, another view
BS6c
Rainbow over Boundary Stone 6
BS6d
Another rainbow picture
BS7a
Boundary stone 7, amongst the gorse (but easy to get to)
BS7b
A rainbow at Boundary stone 7
BS8a
…..and so to the top of the hill and onto the ridge at Boundary stone 8, with first views of the Avon Dam, Heap of Sinners and Eastern White Barrow.
BS8b
Another view of Boundary stone 8, with Gripper’s Hill and Wallaford Down in the background
BS8c
Boundary stone 8, looking North-west
BS9a
…..now on the way down hill having crested the hill. Boundary stone 9, with the remnants of the rainbow
BS9b
Boundary stone 9 with Gripper’s Hill behind
BS10a
Boundary stone 10 with the rainbow once more.
BS10b
Boundary stone 10
BS10c
Boundary stone 10, looking over Rider’s Rings and Eastern White Barrow
BS11a
Boundary stone 11 with the tarmac road to the dam coming into view.
BS11b
Boundary stone 11, yet another roughly hewn stone so different from all the others
BS12a
Boundary stone 12 is leaning !
BS12b
This angle, shows how much Boundary stone 12 is leaning
BS12c
Boundary stone 12 close up
BS13a
Boundary stone 13 amongst the gorse
BS13b
This angle shows the extent of the gorse surrounding Boundary stone 13
BS13c
This stone is one of the shortest in the line of stones
BS14a
Boundary stone 14, near Small Brook foot, where it drops into the Avon
BS14b
Boundary stone 14, looking up the Avon Valley known as Long-a-Traw
BS14c
Boundary stone 14. This is the last one noted on “side-by-side”. However, a 15th possible stone has been noted.
BS Grid
10 digit NGRs on the 14 stones noted on side-by-side map and pictured in this post.
Mystery stone map
Close up of the modern OS map. Stone 11 (or 14 on side-by side) isn’t shown in the correct location. It is clearly “off line” and when visiting that location there is nothing there. Also between stones 10 and 11 (or 13 and 14 on side-by-side), a mystery short standing stone was found, it didn’t look natural
Mystery stone a
Is this stone naturally upright? It looks like it has had the “hand of man” and could be a fifteenth stone in the line
Mystery stone b
Another angle on the mystery stone.
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