MSO8319 - 19th Century clearance cairns west of West Harwood (Monument)


Five substantial stone clearance cairns are probably 19th century in date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 25 inch mapping shows at least five areas of surface stone in the corners of several fields to the west of West Harwood. [1] The farmer at North Hawkwell states that these features are stone clearance heaps, which were in use earlier this century. [2] These features were not systematically investigated. However, examples survive at SS 9285 4082 and SS 9292 4031. They comprise massive stone heaps about 3.5 metres high, and are probably associated with either the enclosing of Harwood Brakes or its subsequent improvement. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888, Somerset 46(3).
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Information from farmer, North Hawkwell..
  • <3>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 23 July 1997. [Mapped features: #46616 ; #46617 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9288 4056 (70m by 510m)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10232
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW90
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1087506
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 16285

Record last edited

Jul 28 2020 9:12PM


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