MDE1194 - Bronze Age bowl barrow on Bray Common (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow, one of a large group. It measures 28 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres high.

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SS 7259 3793 Tumulus (NR) [1] "High Bray No 8", a bowl barrow measured by Grinsell in 1949 as 30 paces in diameter and 4 feet high. [2] Dimensions - 80 feet in diameter and 8 feet 3 inches high. There is a retaining circle 9 feet inside the circumference of the barrow with 9 stones visible. [3] SS 72583793 A bowl barrow 28 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres high. None of the stones in the retaining circle are visible. Published survey 1:2500 revised. [4] The barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a circular mound lying approximately 110 metres south of Setta Barrow. It occupies a prominent position, on high ground with panoramic views of the surrounding moorland. The mound measures approximately 26 metres in diameter, with no visible surrounding ditch or retaining circle. [5, 6] High Bray barrow to southeast of SS73NW/503 (?). Gently conical. No obvious ditch, margined with a growth of rushes. The barrow has the remains of a double stone row pointing towards it. Located 2.7 metres within the margin it has a retaining circle, the tops of 9 stones of which are visible. [source unknown] In 1979 the barrow was observed to be in fair condition. Grazed and therefore subject to minor trampling. [7] This monument was visited in 1982 by the Department of the Environment's Field Monument Warden and by the Ordnance Survey's Archaeology Division. [8, 10] This is mentioned in text by Grinsell in 1936. [9] The site was recorded during aerial photograph investigation undertaken in 1980 and is visible on photographs taken in 1947 and 1977. [11-13] This is visible on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps, annotated as a tumulus. [15, 16] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 0. [17] The site was surveyed in April 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 0. [18] The site is depicted and labelled "Tumulus" on 2020 MasterMap data. [19]

Sources/Archives (19)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. p 122.
  • <3> Article in serial: Chanter, J.F. + Worth, R.H.. 1905. The Rude Stone Monuments of Exmoor and its Borders. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 37. I. p 395, plate 8.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 6 March 1973.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73087 623-24 (17 April 1973).
  • <6> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979. Field Notes. 18 July 1979.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Weston, S.. 1982. Department of Environment Field Monument Warden visit.
  • <9> Monograph: Grinsell, L V. 1936. The ancient burial mounds of England.
  • <10> Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. SS73NW8, diagram.
  • <11> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7237d.
  • <12> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/CPE/UK/1980 3442 (April 1947).
  • <13> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/CPE/UK/1980 3445 (April 1947).
  • <14> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. MAM/14/060 (May 1977).
  • <15> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <16> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <17> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <18> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
  • <19>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #42019 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7258 3793 (36m by 35m)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 728
  • Devon SMR: SS73NW/504
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20080
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO55
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35033

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Sep 22 2020 12:36PM


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