MMO134 - Bronze Age round barrow on Molland Common (Monument)


A prehistoric round barrow is visible as a turf and heather-covered flat-topped earthwork mound, which has suffered damage in various forms. It is also clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards.

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Tumulus [O.E.] [1] Good condition. Approx. 45 feet in diameter, 1 foot 6 inches in height. [2] Sited at SS 8209 3032 on Molland Common. Visited by Grinsell 26 October 1959. On heath with a slight dip in top. [3] A round barrow 16.0 metres diameter and 0.7 metres high, heather covered. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 survey revised. [4] Bronze Age round barrow 16 metres in diameter by 0.7 metres high. Slight depression on top. In good condition. Adjacent to ridgeway. [5] SS 8208 3032. A turf and heather covered flat topped barrow 0.9 metres maximum height and 18 metres in diameter. It has been mutilated southeast of the centre where there is a slight amorphous hollow, possibly an attempt at excavation or robbing. On the outer rim in the east a length some 6 metres by 2 metres has been disturbed by constructing a crude pen or shelter, now much collapsed and overgrown. [6] The probable barrow can be seen as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. [7,8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1905. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1906, 16SW.
  • <2> Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. SS 6 inch reviser, T. Jones, 29 November 1957.
  • <3> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. 124.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 30 October 1972.
  • <5> Report: Bannister, N.R. and Bannister, D.E.. 1992. Historic landscape survey of the Molland Estate, Nr South Molton, Devon. A19.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 17 December 1992.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1420 (F20) 3287-8 (15 April 1946).
  • <8> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SW. MD002197.



Grid reference Centred SS 8208 3032 (29m by 30m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12336
  • Devon SMR: SS83SW/5
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1461
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20361
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SW7
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35820

Record last edited

Feb 12 2019 4:05PM


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