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Hunters' Stone, The

The Hunter's Stone

Writing in 1892 John Lloyd Warden Page describes an excursion beside the River Avon and upon reaching Brent Moor House (which is nowadays a ruin) under Black Tor, the passage reads 'Between it and Shipley Bridge we shall be drawn to a large rectangular boulder by the roadside-for we have reached a road now- and upon approaching observe that it is inscribed. But not to any British chief 'Romanized' or otherwise but to certain West Country worthies whose names the eccentricity of a former owner of Brent Moor House has caused to be carved upon the rock.'

The author then explains that in large characters we read 'TRELAWNY', 'BULTEEL', 'CAREW' and 'PAUL TREBY' together with the initials 'M.H.-D.D.'. This it seems is one of the first references to what we now know as The Hunters' Stone, that name appearing in William Crossing's 1909 version of Guide to Dartmoor, where he too recounts the same four surnames but rather strangely omits the 'Paul' and the two sets of initials. We learn from Crossing that the stone was set up by C.A. (Christopher Arthur) Mohun Harris, and commemorates to this day several distinguished members of the South Devon Hunt. However, writing many decades later Eric Hemery (1983) inexplicably gives the date for cutting the stone as 1948 and this error has since been disappointingly replicated on to various websites about Dartmoor.

Over the years other names have been added to the boulder's surface and as at the time of writing (2019) the current arrangement of names and letters when looking at the stone from the road/path is as follows:

Top
Commander C.H. Davey RN
1919-1940
Carew
M.F. Douglas Pennant
Coryton
1888-1916

Front
Paul Treby

Back
Bulteel
W.L. Goodman 1983-91
R.W.F. Poole
1964-1967

Right Side
Trelawny
M.H.-D.D.

Endnote: For those that look closely there is what appears to be a rogue 'C.K.' cut along the top left hand side of the upper surface. There is also what appears to be a small arrow below and to the right of the D.D. on the side. Hemery also states that the date of 1948 is engraved on the stone but this has not been found in recent times.

Hunters' Stone, The
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 6814 6315
Height:
239m
Parish:
South Brent
Tor Classification:
Boulder
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
J. Lloyd Warden Page
Reference:
J. Lloyd Warden Page (1892): An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities-with some account of its Borders 3rd edition, Seeley and Co Limited.

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