MDE1309 - Bronze Age burial cairn on Cheriton Ridge (Monument)


A Bronze Age barrow or burial cairn, on the west slope of Cheriton Ridge overlooking Hoaroak Water, measures 8 metres in diameter and up to 1.6 metres high. It displays slight evidence of robbing.

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(SS 7427 4450) Tumulus (NR) [1] Cheriton Ridge (Brendon 5b). A bowl barrow 11 paces in diameter and 3.5 feet high. [2] SS 7426 4450. A bowl barrow situated on a fairly steep west slope; 10.0 metres by 8.0 metres and 1.3 metres high on the downhill side. Resurveyed at 1:2500. [3] SS 74266 44500. A well-defined cairn prominently situated on a small natural terrace about 320 metres above sea level on fairly steep heather, bracken and rough grass covered slopes on the eastern side of Cheriton Ridge overlooking Hoaroak Water.The heather and bracken covered mound measures about 8 metres in diameter and varies in height from 0.7 metres on the uphill eastern side to 1.6 metres on the lower side. An exposed area southeast of centre reveals the content of small stones, probably collected from the nearby Hoaroak Water. A lowering of the cairn at the north-east edge suggests that it may have been robbed, but overall it appears to be intact. There is a slight spread of material about 2 metres down the slope in the southwest. A few stones protruding through the heather around the periphery may be part of a kerb. The cairn is a Scheduled Monument [4], one of two barrows scheduled under Devon County No.715. Surveyed at 1:2500. [4,5] The cairn described above is visible on aerial photographs as a small mound measuring approximately 6 metres across. [6,7] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [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 June 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 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, 13 September 1994.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 279-80 (16 August 1972).
  • <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. 29.
  • <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. 35439, Extant 12 January 2022.
  • <12>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47785 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7426 4449 (10m by 10m)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/15
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 647
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20012
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO112
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW39
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park Authority
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35439
  • Scheduled Monument (County Number): Devon 715

Record last edited

Jan 12 2022 2:34PM


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