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MSO8112 - Tree-ring enclosure, Haddon Hill, Skilgate

ENPHER Number:MSO8112
Name:Tree-ring enclosure, Haddon Hill, Skilgate
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 9708 2847
Parish:SKILGATE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Summary

A post-medieval circular tree-ring enclosure on Haddon Hill, 33.6m in overall diameter, with a well-defined bank and slight external ditch. It was once thought to be a Bronze Age barrow.

Monument Types

Designated Status: none recorded

Description

[SS 97082848] Tumulus (NR) [1]

Skilgate No 1, a tree clump circle. [2]

As stated by Grinsell this feature is not a barrow but a tree ring. It consists of a bank with a ditch on each side and is similar to others in the vicinity (see MSO8113 and MSO8114). [3]

Skilgate 1. Supposed barrow on Haddon Hill which is, as Authy 2 indicates, a tree-clump enclosure. Visited by Grinsell 8th April 1958, and A T Wicks 13th April 1928 who thought there was a barrow within the circle - listed by Grinsell as Skilgate 1a, 'doubtful or rejected'.[4]

(VCH and Allcroft mention barrows on Haddon Hill without being specific). [4-7]

A well preserved, circular tree ring 33.6 m in overall diameter comprising a well-defined bank 3.7 m wide and 0.7 m high with slight external ditch 2 m wide and 0.3 m deep. [8, 9]


<1> Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) , OS 6" 1962 (Map). SMO5112.


<2> Ginsell, L V, 1969, Somerset Barrows, Part 1, p38 (Article in serial). SSO1190.


<3> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments, GHP 04-AUG-65 (Unpublished document). SMO5103.


<4> Grinsell, L.V., 1969, Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South (Article in serial). SMO5467.


<5> Page, W. (editor), 1906, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, W Boyd Dawkins Page Nos. - 184, 190 166-7(MAP) (Monograph). SMO5476.


<6> Eardley-Wilmot, H., 1981, Worksheet in Devon HER, Earthwork of Eng 1908 (A H Allcroft) Page Nos. - 530 (Unpublished document). SMO5301.


<7> Page, W. (editor), 1911, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, CH Bothamley Page Nos. - 532 (Monograph). SMO5358.


<9> Wilson-North, R., Field Investigators Comments, RCHME Field Investigation (Unpublished document). SMO7329.


<10> Eardley-Wilmot, H., 1981, Worksheet in Devon HER, Wilson-North R and Riley H 1998 "Haddon Hill: The Field Archaeology..." RCHME Survey Report (Unpublished document). SMO5301.

Other References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11603
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8120
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8367
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NE1
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NE16
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36491
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36522
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34009
Date Last Edited:Jun 24 2013 1:25PM

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