MMO3199 - Bronze Age ring cairn or World War Two shell crater on Withypool Common (Monument)

Summary

A circular earthwork is visible on aerial photographs. It is circa 6 metres in diameter and may be the remains of a ring cairn of possible Bronze Age date, or a shell crater caused by military training activity of Second World War date.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A circular earthwork is visible on aerial photographs on Withypool Common centred approximately on SS 8163 3509. The earthwork is visible as a ring bank about 1 metre wide defining a small circular enclosure circa 6 metres in diameter. The earthworks may be the remains of a ring cairn of possible Bronze Age date, or a shell crater caused by military training activity of Second World War date. The feature cannot be seen on aerial photographs of a later date but may be obscured by vegetation. [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4380-1 (11 July 1946).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SW. MD002197. [Mapped feature: #47505 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1492114, Extant 23 August 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8163 3509 (14m by 14m)
Map sheet SS83NW
Civil Parish WITHYPOOL AND HAWKRIDGE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW144
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1492114

Record last edited

Aug 23 2021 9:04PM

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