MDE1195 - Bronze Age bowl barrow on Bray Common (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow is visible as an earthwork on moorland.

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SS 7255 3769 Tumulus (NR). [1] "High Bray No 9", bowl barrow visited by Grinsell in April 1949.The barrow is 17 paces in diameter and 1 and a half feet high. [2] A bowl barrow up to 18 metres across and 0.6 metres high. Published survey 1:2500 revised. [3] A Bronze Age barrow, as described above, is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a sub circular earthwork measuring approximately 17.5 metres in diameter. It is part of a group of at least five barrows situated on high ground north of North Twitchen, Brayford. [4-5] When observed in 1979 the barrow was in fair condition. Grazed and therefore subject to minor trampling. (6) A field visit in 1982 saw no change to the barrow. Field is rough pasture. [7] High Bray barrow. Located to the south of SS73NW/504 (?). Probably lowered by cultivation. No obvious ditch, margined with a growth of rushes. [source unknown] A site visit by the Field Monument Warden of the Department of the Environment was undertaken in 1982. [8] The monument is mentioned in 1936 in Grinsell's The ancient burial mounds of England. [9] The site is visible on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch map of 1905. [10] A colour photograph of the barrow is visible on a slide. [11] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [12] 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. [13] The site is depicted and labelled "Tumulus" on 2020 MasterMap data. [14] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [15]

Sources/Archives (15)

  • <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> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 4 March 1973.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1501 4046-47 (13 May 1946).
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979. Field Notes.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Bovey & Timms. 1982. Site Visit Field Notes.
  • <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. P. 137.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 6 Inch Map: 1905. 1:10560. 11NW.
  • <11> Photograph: Anonymous. Slides. colour slide.
  • <12> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <13> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <14>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #42020 ]
  • <15> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35034, Extant 24 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7254 3769 (25m by 25m)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 727
  • Devon SMR: SS73NW/505
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20079
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO56
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW9
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35034

Record last edited

Nov 24 2021 1:48PM


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