MDE1197 - Bronze Age barrow on Whitefield Down (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow is located on Whitefield Down, lying within a larger group. It measures 18 metres in diameter and is 0.7 metres high. The barrow was recorded as being in poor condition in 1973.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7207 3716 Tumulus (NR). [1] A low barrow is seen surrounded by a shallow trench on Whitefield Down. The trench lies within the margin of the barrow. The outer edge of the trench is marked by a stone circle, of which twelve stones remain. The site was visited by Grinsell in 1969. This is marked as 'tumulus' on the Ordnance Survey map [it is not certain which map is referred to, but this was marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map]. [2, 3] "High Bray No 4", bowl barrow on Whitefield Down, partly defaced by a track to the south. The diameter is 18 paces, with a height of 2 1/2 ft. [4] A bowl barrow was recorded during field investigation in 1973. This was up to 18 metres across and 0.7 metres high, in a poor condition. The published plan, surveyed at 1:2500 was revised. [5] This site is mentioned in Chanter and Worth. [6] The bowl barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a low earthwork on the northeastern edge of Whitefield Down. It measures approximately 20 metres in diameter, and appears to have suffered damage from ploughing as well as being truncated by a nearby trackway. Compared to other monuments in the area, this barrow is rather isolated, lying at least 650 metres southwest of its nearest neighbour. [7, 8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Devon County Council staff comments. Grinsell, Site visit estimated 1969.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. S Thorogood, 27 November 2014.
  • <4> Article in serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. p 121.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. SS73NW11,Ordnance Survey visit, 6 March 1973.
  • <6> 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 394, plate 6, figure 2.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96559 14-15 (7 May 1996).
  • <8>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #42047 ]
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35040, Extant 24 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7207 3716 (38m by 28m)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 711
  • Devon SMR: SS 73 NW/522
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20064
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO58
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW11
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35040

Record last edited

Nov 24 2021 1:59PM


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