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The Hoar Stone (Steeple Barton)

Chambered Tomb

<b>The Hoar Stone (Steeple Barton)</b>Posted by bazaImage © baza
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  • Monument No. 336907

Nearest Town:Woodstock (7km S)
OS Ref (GB):   SP458241 / Sheet: 164
Latitude:51° 54' 47.09" N
Longitude:   1° 20' 2.67" W

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<b>The Hoar Stone (Steeple Barton)</b>Posted by baza <b>The Hoar Stone (Steeple Barton)</b>Posted by baza


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I've been to the woodland twice trying to locate the hoar stone but to no avail. It seems the stone has been completely covered with foliage now.

Of interest, just off the road in the woodland there is a definite oval of yew trees with a lush patch of vegetation in the middle. It's unclear why this was created.
Posted by eliza18
24th April 2021ce

When I visited, two years ago I had only the OS map and my intuition to find this one.

As baza says, it's in a copse, which requires you to trespass. I went in winter when the undergrowth had died back and after frightening a least half a dozen pheasants as I paced up and down, I found a monumental stone, now sadly down, and pretty much ready to be reclaimed by the earth. It was undoubtedly the Hoar stone. All mossy and uneven and covered in leaf-mulch and fruits of the forest floor, it's over 10 feet in length. This one is crying out to be re-erected before it becomes lost to us forever, as it surely will be if it is left in it's current condition.

Goodbye Hoar stone.
Jane Posted by Jane
15th December 2003ce

To reach this Hoar Stone, I parked on the A4260 next to a private road leading to Barton Lodge, then walked along the public footpath which follows the private road. Where the footpath turns north, I struck off in a WNWesterly direction through a plantation of young trees. After about 100yds I came across a small mound, only one yard high and about twelve yards in diameter. In a hollow in the middle of the mound lay the 11ft long Hoar Stone. baza Posted by baza
16th March 2003ce


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Near Steeple Barton is another ruined cromlech, also called the "Hoar Stone," which is now only a confused heap of small stones, having been broken up by an ignorant farmer. Some fifty years ago it was much more perfect, and two of the side stones were standing about four feet out of the ground.

"They used to say that whenever they tried to drag them two pebbles away with horses, they would roll back of their own accord. Them two pebbles growed out of little uns; at least that's my way of thinking."

- From George Nevill, of Yarnton, aged 74, March 1901.
Stray Notes on Oxfordshire Folklore by Percy Manning, in Folklore v13 (September 1902).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd June 2023ce

The two Hoar stones at Steeple Barton, Oxon, are recorded as far back as 1210CE, referring to them as Nordlanglawe, Langlaue and Succelaue, which mean respectively, 'valley of the long barrow', 'the Northern long barrow' and 'the grave of the goblin'. Later 13th century references call one of them Stanlow or 'burial stone', Demnesweye or 'goblin's pathway or track' and Wyrstaneslawe which means either 'Wyrstons' tomb' or 'the Wyr stone at the long barrow', but the reference doesn't distinguish which stone it belongs to. Jane Posted by Jane
15th December 2003ce
Edited 11th November 2015ce


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Details of long barrow on Pastscape

(SP 45782412) Hoar Stone (NR) (1) A large, flat irregularly shaped sandstone boulder known locally as the Hoar Stone (a), is surrounded by five fir trees at the end of an avenue of beech trees. It measures 3.2m long E-W by 2.7m wide and is 0.8m thick. It has the appearance of a Burial Chamber capstone, but as it is slightly embedded in the ground and there is no trace of a surrounding mound there is no supporting evidence for this supposition. Published survey (25") revised. See G.P.(a) (2)
Chance Posted by Chance
22nd May 2016ce