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Site Name: Enstone

Site Location: North Oxfordshire
Related Achive: Manning

One of the sites at Enstone Percy Manning recorded in his papers was the Hoar Stone.

The Neolithic megalithic tomb at the junction of the Fulwell to Charlbury roads is all that remains of a rectangular burial chamber. There are three orthostats in situ and three fallen ones, some over 7 feet long. Two of the stones lean at an angle of 45 degrees as if to support a sloping capstone. The tomb is classified as a portal dolmen. No mound survives, but an early nineteenth century sketch suggests that one did exist. Sir H. Dryden wrote an account of the tomb in 1899.

The name of the village probably originates from the stones, Enna - a personal name, plus stone.


R. Plot, The Natural History of Oxfordshire, 1705, p351

Beesley, History of Banbury, 1841, p7-8

O.G.S. Crawford (1925) Long Barrows of the Cotswolds , p159-161

R.T. Lattey (1949) Oxoniensia XIV, p87

H. Case (1957) Oxoniensia XXII , p104

H. Case (1958) Oxoniensia XXIII , p131

G.E. Daniel (1950) Prehistoric Chamber Tombs of England and Wales , p218

J.X.W.P. Corcoran in T.G.E. Powell et al, Megalithic Enquiries in the West of Britain (1969), p289




Site Photographs

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Hoar Stone
Hoar Stone at Enstone (January 2006)

Hoar Stone looking south

Hoar Stone looking south (January 2006)



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