MSO7744 - Two modern spoil heaps south and southeast of Twitchin Plain (Non-antiquity)


Two mounds, previously thought to be Bronze Age bowl barrows, have been shown by field investigation in 1995 to be spoil upcast from ponds and associated leats.

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SS 829 473. A bowl barrow on the side of the road (Oare No 2a). Grinsell further describes this as "west of Oare 3 [MSO7740], but east of Oare 2 [MSO7739]" [1]. This puts it 400 metres west of his grid reference, and applies to a mound at SS 82554735 which, however, is nothing more than upcast from an adjacent pond. [2] SS 829473? Oare 2a. Bowl barrow 6 paces diameter and 1 foot high listed as above. Visited by Grinsell 24th May 1961. [1] Grinsell has misinterpreted two spoil heaps from ponds and associated leats at approximately: SS 8254 4736. (To the north side of the A39 Porlock to Lynton road). SS 8291 4726. (In thick woodland about 60 metres north of this road). [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <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. 36.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 13 July 1965.
  • <3>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 November 1995. [Mapped features: #46120 ; #46121 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 8272 4731 (370m by 100m)
Map sheet SS84NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11471
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW14
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35917
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33848

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:26PM


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