MSO8629 - Bronze Age cist burial in Langridge Wood (Monument)


The site of a Bronze Age burial cairn in Langridge Wood, removed for road material in 1820. A skeleton found in a stone lined cist was reinterred in Treborough churchyard. The cist is still in place.

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A few years ago a walled grave was found by workmen digging for road material in Langridge Wood on the northern declivity of Brendon Hill near Treborough. The grave was 7 foot 6 inches long by 2 foot 6 inches wide. The sides were composed of stones. It was covered by a large stone and contained a skeleton. [1,2] Withycombe No. 4, SS 0149 3734, the remains of a small round cairn 10 paces diameter and 2 feet high, which was removed for road material in 1820. Skeleton was re-interred in Treborough churchyard. [3] The open cist with its capstone laid alongside is at ST 0147 3734. The associated cairn has been so extensively robbed that its limits are unrecognisable. Cist surveyed at 1:2500. [4] (SS 0141 3733) Cist (NR). [5] ST 013 373. Cist and barrow in Langridge Wood. Scheduled. [6] A large barrow 45 feet in diameter and 3 feet high, covered in small bushes, heather etc. There are loose stones visible in places. In the centre hollow is a cist 6 feet by 2.5 feet with large capstone 5 feet square still in situ. The cist is 2 feet deep and oriented east to west. [9] The mound and cist are undisturbed although masked by vegetation. [10] The cist is lined with 4 stones forming a trapezium 155 by 190 by 72 centimetres internally. The cairn is still visible although degraded. It is approximately 7 metres in diameter and 30 centimetres high, being most obvious at the north. [11] Scheduling affirmed with new national number (was Somerset 465) on 24 April 2002. [12] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [13] The site was surveyed in July 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 6. [15]

Sources/Archives (15)

  • <1> Monograph: Phelphs, W. 1839. History of Somersetshire. 2. P. 125.
  • <2> Monograph: Page, J.L.W.. 1890. An Exploration of Exmoor and the Hill Country of West Somerset: With Notes on its Archaeology. P. 209-10.
  • <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. 42.
  • <4> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 5 August 1965.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1976. 1:10000 Map, 1976. 1:10000.
  • <6> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978. P. 119.
  • <7> Monograph: Savage, J.. 1830. A History of the Hundred of Carhampton. P. 310.
  • <8> Monograph: Dobson, D.P.. 1931. The Archaeology of Somerset. P. 40.
  • <9> Report: HBMC. 1976. Field Monument Warden report.
  • <10> Report: HBMC. 1982. Field Monument Warden report.
  • <11> Unassigned: Burrow, I. 25.2.1983. CAO.
  • <12> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2/5/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <13> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <14> Photograph: OPEN CIST AT WITHYCOMBE. OS65/F179/6. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <15> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred ST 0140 3732 (23m by 22m)
Map sheet ST03NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11709
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NW9
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 188385
  • Scheduled Monument (County Number): Somerset 465
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34271

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Apr 28 2020 3:39PM


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