MDE1201 - Bronze Age barrow on Bray Common (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow, one of a large group. It measures 14 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high.

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Full Description

A round barrow was noted to the southwest of Setta Barrow and described as a flat topped mound with no obvious ditch but margined with a growth of rushes. [1] "High Bray No 7", bowl barrow at SS 7256 3801 seen by Grinsell in April 1949. The barrow is 12 paces in diameter and 1 and a half feet high. [2] SS 7255 3803. A probable bowl barrow 14.0 metres in diameter and up to 0.7 metres high. Surveyed at 1:2500. [3] The barrow was observed in fair condition, although grazing had led to minor trampling. [4] The bowl barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a circular mound lying immediately south of Setta Barrow (MSO6806) at approximately SS 7255 3804. It measures approximately 13 metres in diameter. Like Setta Barrow, it is situated on high ground, with panoramic views of the surrounding moor. [5,6] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 0. [7] 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. [9] The barrow is depicted on 2020 MasterMap data. [10] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [11]

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> Monograph: Grinsell, L V. 1936. The ancient burial mounds of England. 137.
  • <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 Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J..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. Ordance Survey visit, F1, 4 March 1973.
  • <4> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. Parish file, Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 18 July 1979.
  • <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> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . CUC/CBO 7 (7 September 1976), Devon HER.
  • <9> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <10>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #40869 ]
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35052, Extant 24 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7255 3803 (23m by 19m)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12163
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 729
  • Devon SMR: SS73NW/503
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20081
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20242
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO62
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35052

Record last edited

Nov 24 2021 2:17PM


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