MDE1291 - Possible site of Bronze Age barrow on Ilkerton Ridge (Monument)


A stone circle comprising 22 stones is alleged at this site, possibly the retaining circle of a Bronze Age barrow. No trace could be found during field investigation in 1994 but four stones and a small mound were noted in 2012.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Southwest of Furzehill at SS 7230 4460 a rough circle of 22 recumbent stones, possibly the retaining circle of a barrow. It measures 25 paces in diameter. Recorded by Rambird Clarke in 1939. [1] This "rough circle" of stones was not located on the ground. There are numerous peat mounds in this area but these appear to be natural features. [2] SS 7230 4460. The area is a flat topped ridge covered by heather and rough grass at the southern end of Ilkerton Ridge at about 325 metres above Ordnance Datum. No trace of these 22 recumbent stones was identified. When B.H Galland was surveying for the Lynton Tithe map [3] in 1840 one of his main stations was very close to the spot given by Grinsell [1]. A marker for this survey may have been seen in 1939 and it has since been removed. [4] The site was subject to survey in 2012 and the grid reference SS 72301 44600 given by GPS. Four stones were identified around a small mound, thought to be the Bronze Age mound. Three of the stones were mostly concealed and recumbent. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. P. 123.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 17 September 1974.
  • <3> Map: 1840. Lynton and Lynmouth Parish Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 September 1994. [Mapped feature: #47075 ]
  • <5> Report: Slater, E.. 2012. A condition survey of standing stones on Badgworthy Land Company owned land, Exmoor National Park. p32-33.



Grid reference SS 7229 4459 (point)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS 74 SW 46
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12254
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20328
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW21
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35385

Record last edited

Mar 1 2021 9:15PM


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