MSO8845 - Cutcombe Barrow (Monument)


A Bronze Age barrow, visible as a smoothed grass-covered mound measuring 22m in diameter and 1.7m high. Where the hedgebank clips the eastern edge of the barrow, several large quartz blocks are visible.

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[SS 96493571) Cutcombe Barrow (NR). [1] Brompton Regis No.1, a bowl barrow 23 paces diameter and 3.5 ft. high. [2] This is a bowl barrow 1.3 m. high. Surveyed at 1/2500. [3] SS 96503571. Brompton Regis 1. Cutcombe Barrow listed, details as [2]. Visited by Grinsell 10th May 1952. He suspects that the name Cutcombe Barrow may possibly have been originated by the Ordnance Survey during the original survey of 1790-1810 for convenience of reference. It is named Western Barrow on the 1838 tithe map (but the present name appears on OS 1" first edition 1809). [4] The barrow known as Cutcombe Barrow lies at the edge of a pasture field, and measures 22 m in diameter and 1.7 m high. It comprises a smoothed grass covered mound. On its eastern side the hedgebank clips the edge of the barrow and several large quartz blocks are visible on the ground. [5] The remains of the Bronze Age bowl barrow described by the previous authorities was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. [6]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . OS 6" 1962.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. W Somer Barrows Mss (L V Grinsell).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. F1 JP 25-AUG-65.
  • <4> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1969. Somerset Barrows. Part I: West and South. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 113. 28.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. R Wilson-North 7 July 98 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1944/2150 23-JAN-1947.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SMR 969 9673 05-NOV-1981.
  • <8> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE.
  • <9> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 97. 8782.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: 04.03.93. DAP VU 27.
  • <11> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3339.
  • <12> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9635.



Grid reference Centred SS 9649 3571 (36m by 36m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO199
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11080
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE11
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36624
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33377

Record last edited

Mar 20 2014 3:26PM


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