MDE9889 - (Monument)


The remains of a Bronze Age burial cairn on on the crest of Clannon Ball above Farley Water, comprising a spread of stony material some 3.5m in diameter and 0.3m high. There are six upright stones within the fabric of the monument.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SX 75864367 Cist? Clannon Ball. A stone circle 9ft 8 inches in diameter is shown on the Ordnance Survey, this circle is around a small barrow. Nearby is a stone setting (SS 74 SE 18). The position of the barrow is described on the plan as `181 ft to the W' of one of the stones in the setting. There are no stones in the area published by the OS (2). However, 54m NW of the stone setting (SS 74 SE 18) is a structure which might be the OS features and is evidently the Chanter and Worth `barrow'. (1)SS 7586 4367. The structure, at 400 m OD is situated in a grassy patch within heather and bracken on a moderate W slope, where a narrow shelf crests the steep valley of Farley Water. There are extensive views on all but the NE side. It comprises a stony sub-oval platform, about 2.5m by 1.5m, built up on the downhill S side to a height of 0.45m. Along this southern edge, on the lip of the valley there seems to be a line of stones beneath the turf though some stones protrude elsewhere on the platform. On the N side are two thin upright slabs, parallel, 2m apart and set rather N/S. They are 0.45m and 0.6m wide and 0.4m and 0.45m high. The eastern one is almost encircled by an erosion hollow. Between them are three in-line stones with an inward (5) lean, fronted by a scarp 0.2m high. Along the western side the low earthfast blocks and a partly concealed outward leaning stone about 0.6m long. Another stone is traceable at the SE corner. There is no evidence of Worth's "9ft 8 ins circle" (? Kerb), or of any conventional barrow, though it is conceivable that the feature, which appears to be a form of cist, was once covered by a mound. There seems to be no relationship to the nearby stone setting. The monument is under no immediate threat though a fairly well defined path crosses it and could exacerbrate erosion. (3) The remains of a cairn are centred at SS 7586 4367 on the crest of natural slopes forming the southern side of Clannon Ball. The feature comprises an oval or sub-rectangular spread of stony material some 3.5m in diameter and 0.3m high which is best interpreted as a very denuded cairn. Within the fabric of the cairn are six upright stones forming an architectural component. The largest two stones are set on a roughly north-south axis, some 2.2m apart at the northern corners of the mound. Between them are three stones - edge set, running roughly west-east - to form a line. The end stones of the three abut the north-south stones at right angles, and appear to support them. This configuration of five stones seems to form the northern side of a rectangular "structure" within the cairn. A further stone, also on a north-south alignment, is visible at the south-west corner of the cairn, and a spread of small stones is visible between it and the north-western stone, where they have been exposed by a path. A recumbant stone lies at the south-east corner, and may well have formed the corner stone when upright in this position. Source 3 suggests that this feature is a cist and that it was possibly formerly covered by a mound. The mound or cairn element of the feature, although now very denuded is clearly an important part of the monument, although it was not necessarily contemporary with the stone structural component. The site should not be seen in isolation as it forms one of a number of ritual/ceremonial monuments within a very restricted area on the southern edge of Clannon Ball: see SS 74 SE 18, 25, 91, 99. Its close proximity to the stone setting (SS 74 SE 18) is of particular interest, as the association of cairns and stone settings has been noted elsewhere in the area (see reports for SS 74 SE 92 and 93). The monument is threatened by two paths: one runs west-east through its centre, the other clips its northern side. The north-eastern stone also has a major erosion hollow around its eastern side. (4)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Serial: Devonshire Association. 1862 -. Devonshire Association reports and transactions.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. OS 1/2500 (2nd Edn)..
  • <3> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. RCHME Field Investigation, 18-DEC-1988, MJ Fletcher..
  • <4> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Wilson-North W R 10-MAY-1994 RCHME Field Investigation..
  • <5> Survey: Wilson-North, R.. 1999. SS 74 SE 91/Ink Survey. 1:50.
  • <6> Monograph: Quinnell, N.V. + Dunn, C.J.. 1992. Lithic Monuments within the Exmoor National Park: A New Survey for Management Purposes by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.



Grid reference SS 7586 4367 (point)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SE/54
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE91
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 890191

Record last edited

Jan 17 2017 10:07AM


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