Exmoor’s Historical Monuments

Inhabited for over 8000 year’s, visual signs of Exmoor’s previous custodian’s still remain today in various forms across the landscape. Each with their own reason for existence and story to tell.


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Exmoor’s historical monuments include prehistoric standing stones, stone settings and alignments which are believed to have been put there for cattle to scratch, to strengthen the stone or form part of a wall to more religious beliefs such as to mark ceremonies. Standing stones are often found near barrows or cairns, funeral monuments covering single or multiple burials, dating back to early bronze age. The Longstone and chapman barrows located in Challacombe, the Exmoor historical monument Longstone Bed & Breakfast takes its name is an excellent example of this demographic.

Moving to the late anglo saxon period Exmoor’s historical monuments develop into rather more grand legacies such as Dunster castle constructed on top of the Tor and fortified since the 11th century after the Norman conquest.