MSO8344 - Leather Barrow (Monument)


A Bronze Age barrow is visible as a well defined circular mound 23 metres in diameter and 3.3 metres high. Its surface has been disturbed by animal scrapes and modern ploughing. It now stands within a small triangular fenced enclosure.

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(SS 9890 3553) Leather Barrow (NR). [1] Leather Barrow - probably so named because of its steepness. [2] Luxborough No 4, a bowl barrow 30 paces in diameter and 10 feet high. [3] This is a large well preserved bowl barrow 3.1 metres high. Surveyed at 1/2500. [4] Shown as Leather Barrow on Ordnace Survey 1 inch First Edition [12], but possibly called Withel Barrows in chase records of 1804. [5] Leather barrow comprises a very well defined circular mound 23 metres in diameter and 3.3 metres high. Its surface has been disturbed by animal scrapes in the past, and the base of the barrow is very well defined presumably due to modern ploughing around it. All of these damaging activities have now ceased, and the barrow stands within a small triangular fenced enclosure. [6] The remains of the Bronze Age round barrow was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. The barrow lies within the remains of a possible post Medieval field system and is located at the junction of three of the boundary banks of the field system, probably using the barrow as a point of alignment during the construction of the banks. [7-8] Scheduled on 12 November 2003. [9] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 8. [13] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 0. [14]

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Monograph: Page, J.L.W.. 1890. An Exploration of Exmoor and the Hill Country of West Somerset: With Notes on its Archaeology. P. 213.
  • <3> 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. 17, 35.
  • <4> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 25 August 1965.
  • <5> Monograph: Collyns, C.P. 1902. The Chase of the Wild Red Deer. P. 235.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 July 1998.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980/3333-6 (11 April 1947).
  • <8> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE.
  • <9> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 24/11/2003. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <10> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9835.
  • <11> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 99. 8810.
  • <12> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1809. 1 Inch Ordnance Surveyors draft map. 1:63,360.
  • <13> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <14> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred SS 9890 3553 (32m by 32m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO198
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11635
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7447
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36615
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34136

Record last edited

Apr 27 2020 2:45PM


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