MDE1308 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Cheriton Ridge (Monument)


A Bronze Age barrow or burial cairn, on the western slopes of Cheriton Ridge overlooking Hoaroak Water, measures 9 metres by 8 metres and 1.4 metres high.

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(SS 7471 4354) Tumulus (NR) [1] Cheriton Ridge (Brendon 5a). A bowl barrow 10 paces in diameter and 3 feet high. [2] A bowl barrow situated on a fairly steep west slope; 9.2 metres in diameter and up to 1.1 metre high on the downhill side. Published survey 1:2500 revised. [3] SS 74706 43543. A cairn, prominently situated at about 356 metres above sea level on the fairly steep western slopes of Cheriton Ridge overlooking Hoaroak Water. It is evident as a well formed mound, covered by heather and bracken, and measures about 9 metres north to south by 8 metres and is 1.4 metres high on the downhill western side. Probing revealed a content of stone with several large earthfast stones that are probably part of a revetment kerb visible around the western perimeter. The centre appears undisturbed. Its prominent situation, form and content suggest it is a prehistoric cairn. The cairn is a Scheduled Monument, one of two barrows scheduled under Devon County No.715 [4]. Surveyed at 1:2500. [5] The cairn described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs. It lies within an area of medieval and/or post medieval field boundaries, and may have been truncated by them. [6,7] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 4. [8] This site is mentioned in the 2013 report by Hazel Riley, a field survey and synthesis of previous projects in the Hoaroak Valley, funded by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme. [9] The site was surveyed in [MONTH] 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 3. [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] The feature is depicted and labelled "Cairn" on the 2022 MasterMap data. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <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. 113.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 17 September 1974.
  • <4> Index: English Heritage. 1987. County List of Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Devon 14, County No.715.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 15 September 1994.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 4124-25 (11 November 1952).
  • <7> Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <8> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <9> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Hoaroak Valley: Historic landscape survey and analysis. 30.
  • <10> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35436, Extant 12 January 2022.
  • <12>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47784 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7470 4354 (12m by 13m)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/16
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 646
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20011
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO111
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW38
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35436
  • Scheduled Monument (County Number): Devon 715

Record last edited

Jan 12 2022 2:19PM


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