MSO7663 - Bronze Age burial cairn at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)


A Bronze Age burial cairn, part of a group east of Selworthy Beacon, is recorded on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map of 1889. No evidence could be found on the ground in 1998; the area has been disturbed by World War Two military activity.

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Mound shown on Ordnance Survey map to the northnortheast of MSO7662 now destroyed (Minehead Without 10a). [1] A barrow published to the south west of MSO7662 has been completely destroyed. [2] Confused by the Ordnance Survey Archaeological Division who give National Grid Reference as SS 9260 4785, saying that mound to the southwest of MSO7662 is destroyed. [3] Mound, possible barrow at SS 9261 4787, 13 paces in diameter. [4] A cairn is recorded on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map (1889) at SS 9259 4783.[5] There is no trace of this on the ground. The area has been disturbed by several tracks, the result of the World War Two tank training activity in the area. [6] Of the group of 11 cairns on the ridge of Selworthy Beacon, 2 or 3 were open in 1807 by Richard Fenton. Only charcoal was recovered. [7] The cairn could not be identified on the available photography of the area and was probably destroyed due to Second World War activities. [8]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. P. 7, 36.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 July 1965.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS94NW. 15.
  • <4> Article in serial: Osborn, B. 1983. Minehead without parish survey. SANHS.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 34(3). [Mapped feature: #46812 ]
  • <6> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <7> Monograph: Barrister, A.. 1811. A Tour in Quest of Geneology, through several parts of Wales, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire. Sherwood, Neely and Jones. P. 131.
  • <8> Verbal communication: Dickson, Amanda D. 2007-2009. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment (Severn Estuary NMP).
  • <9> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.



Grid reference SS 9260 4784 (point)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO777
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11439
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7578
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW112
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1123271
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36806
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33813

Record last edited

Nov 17 2020 1:30PM


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