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Parson's Brown Loaf

The Map Stone, The Mapstone, Mattepaneston, The Parson's Loaf

In 'The Book of Lustleigh' the village is described as being surrounded by "much disintegrated granite with curious weathered granite blocks like huge loaves". Coming out of the village and heading NNW up the road towards Combe at the point where the village sign can be seen is a towering gigantic dark rounded boulder on the east side that is marked as Parson's Brown Loaf on the 1886 edition of the Ordnance Survey map but is no longer shown on modern versions.

Despite the curious name the aforementioned book offers no reason for it merely describing it as a "mystery" but surely it must relate in some way to its shape as seen in the photographs. William Crossing (1905) certainly alludes to this and with the rock being not far from the Rectory he makes a tentative but possible link between the two. Tim Jenkinson (2015) identifies a fine rock basin here that he describes as being "etched into the top of the boulder" and advises that it "is just visible when viewing from below".

Crossing also explains that at one time the 'Loaf' was known as the Map Stone and that name is the one still marked on present day maps. Of all the strangely shaped rocks in and around Lustleigh it is perhaps this one and the various examples at Pethybridge that best illustrate the 'Loaf' like phenomenon.

Parson's Brown Loaf
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SX 7815 8172
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Ordnance Survey
Old Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing (1905): Gems in a Granite Setting
Tim Jenkinson (2015): Dartmoor Magazine Issue 120 Autumn: Dartmoor Discovered: Lustleigh's Tors and Rocks pp.40-41
The Lustleigh Society (2001): The Book of Lustleigh

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