Standing stone 150m south-east of Yarberry Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008298

Date first listed: 18-Jan-1977

Date of most recent amendment: 20-May-1994


Ordnance survey map of Standing stone 150m south-east of Yarberry Farm
© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1008298 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 11-Dec-2018 at 11:55:00.


The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Banwell

National Grid Reference: ST 39037 57830


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds. Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones, which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. Consequently all undisturbed standing stones and those which represent the main range of types and locations would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The standing stone 150m south-east of Yarberry Farm represents a rare example of a prehistoric ceremonial monument within the area.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument includes a standing stone situated on low-lying level ground 150m south-east of Yarberry Farm. The stone is a sandstone orthostat c.2.5m high and c.1.5m wide. It shows signs of weathering and is almost split into two by a central crack. The standing stone represents a prehistoric ceremonial monument and is likely to have been in use as such throughout the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 22810

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Knight, F A, Seaboard of Mendip, (1902), 459
Classification, Bowman, A, Standing Stones Monument Class Description, (1990)

End of official listing