MSO12272 - Hurdle Down Barrow (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow was noted to be recorded on historic mapping; however, the evidence for this is not clear.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 8395 4210 "roughly". Exford 6, a bowl barrow. Hurdle Down Barrow shown on 1846 Tithe Map of Almsworthy Common, field number 33. Noted by AT Wicks before 1939 when the map was at Taunton Castle. [1] Grinsell [1] does not give dimensions for this barrow and states a "rough" grid reference for the feature, suggesting he may not have located it on the ground. The Tithe Map for Exford [3] shows this area as being part of land parcel 1202; it is shown on 2020 MasterMap data as part of Almsworthy Common, with Hurdle Down being on the Stoke Pero side of the Parish boundary to the northeast [4]. Land parcel 33 on the Exford [3] and Stoke Pero [5] Tithe Maps is within enclosed land on both documents, at a distance from Hurdle Down. No barrow is immediately visible on the Stoke Pero Tithe Map within the near locality of the grid reference cited by Grinsell [5]. There is a map lodged with the South West Heritage Trust dated 1846 relating to the enclosure of Almsworthy [6]. This map depicts a field parcel labelled 33 in this location, owned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland Bart; however, no barrow is shown on this map. It is possible, however, that another copy of the same map may have included the barrow. [7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unassigned: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. record card SS 84 SW. 61.
  • <2>XY Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows, Part 1: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Nat. 113. 32. [Mapped feature: #46534 32]
  • <3> Map: 1840. Exford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <5> Map: 1841. Stoke Pero Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <6> Map: Hawkes, T.. 1846. Almsworthy enclosure map. 26.6 inches : 1 mile. Pen and Ink.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 4 March 2020.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36320, Extant 12 July 2021.



Grid reference SS 8395 4210 (point) Grinsell notes this location as "roughly". It's not clear if he located the barrow on the ground.
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6741
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW61
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36320
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35341

Record last edited

Jul 12 2021 8:36PM


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