MSO6855 - Kittuck Barrow, or site of Kite Oak boundary marker (Monument)

Summary

'Kittuck Barrow' is a mound of natural origin. It has been suggested that this may be the site of the Kite Oak, a boundary marker of the forest of Exmoor.

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Full Description

[SS 81894440] Kittuck Barrow (NAT) [1] Not an artificial mound. [2] Natural outcrop? [3] This is a natural hillock. The name Kittuck is a corruption of Kite Oak. An oak tree here was said to be the only tree in Exmoor forest in the time of James I, but it is not known when it disappeared. The name "barrow" or "burrow" is commonly applied to small hills in this region. [5] SS 7256 3805. Exmoor 29. 'Kittuck Barrow' listed as doubtful. ? Natural. Named Kittuck Burrows in a boundary perambulation of 1815. [6] This is likely the site of the Kite Oak, a boundary marker of the forest of Exmoor. [7] MacDermot suggests the name "Kitoak" or "Kitoake" (used in the 18th Century) has becombe "Kittuck". In 1622 the Kite Oake is noted to be the only oak tree within the Forest. [8] Kittuck Barrow mound is marked on modern MasterMap data. [9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 74 (1928), 73.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Map Collection Reference . Corr 6 inch (LV Grinsell), undated.
  • <4> Monograph: Meynell, L.. 1953. The Regional Books Series: Exmoor. Robert Hale Ltd.. 1st Edition. 17,18.
  • <5> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 8 July 1965.
  • <6> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 13, 17, 33.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. I Burrow, Somerset County Council, 17 December 1983.
  • <8> Monograph: MacDermot, E.T.. 1911. The History of the Forest of Exmoor. Barnicott and Pearce, The Wessex Press. 4, 7, 401.
  • <9>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #43457 ]
  • <10> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36217, Extant 12 July 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8188 4441 (23m by 23m)
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11044
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW5
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36217
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33183

Record last edited

Jul 12 2021 8:26PM

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