MSO11744 - Bronze Age round barrow on Withypool and Exford Parish boundary (Monument)


A round barrow at Withypool is bisected by a field boundary dividing Exford and Withypool parishes.

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Barrow reported "about 0.25 miles east of three parish boundary". Round barrow c.10 paces diameter and c.4 feet high. Gorse and heather on top with ditch and bank. Total diameter c.23 paces. Cut by east to west boundary wall. [1] Centred at SS 8105 3747 is a prehistoric barrow. It is bisected by a field boundary which divides Withypoole and Exford parishes. It is clearly the barrow located by [1]. The barrow consists of a subcircular, turf covered stony mound 17.5 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high. The southern half, lying on open moorland, is the best preserved, although spoil from the field boundary ditch has been thrown over the barrow. The mound itself is stepped: having a slight berm. There is no trace of the ditch and bank mentioned by [1]. However, it is possible that the edge of an adjacent barrow (MSO6789), not observed by [1], has lead to this interpretation. The northern half of the barrow lies in enclosed land, and has been reduced by ploughing and agricultural improvement. The presence of a shooting gate is causing damage to the western side of the barrow. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. [2] Surveyed at 1:500 scale with MSO6789, July 1996. [3,4] The barrow is depicted on the Tithe Map for Exford. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Eardley Wilmot, H. 16.09.80. H Eardley-Wilmot to Somerset County Council 16.09.80 - discovery.
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 3 August 1995. [Mapped feature: #44695 ]
  • <3>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 3 July 1996. [Mapped feature: #44695 ]
  • <4> Technical drawing: Wilson-North, R. and Best, J.E.. 1996. Barrow, Exford/Withypoole boundary/ink survey . 1:500. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <5> Map: 1840. Exford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974410, Extant 27 July 2021.



Grid reference SS 8105 3747 (point)
Map sheet SS83NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8709
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974410
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34312

Record last edited

Jul 27 2021 4:00PM


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