MSO8845 - Cutcombe Barrow (Monument)


A Bronze Age barrow also named Western Barrow on historic mapping. Where the hedgebank clips the eastern edge of the barrow, several large quartz blocks are visible.

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[SS 9649 3571) Cutcombe Barrow (NR). [1] SS 9650 3571. Brompton Regis 1. A bowl barrow 23 paces diameter and 3.5 feet. high. 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 1809 1 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map). [2,3] This is a bowl barrow 1.3 metres. high. Surveyed at 1/2500. [4] The barrow known as Cutcombe Barrow lies at the edge of a pasture field, and measures 22 metres in diameter and 1.7 metres 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. [6-8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [13] Cutcombe Barrow is labelled on the 2022 MasterMap data. [14]

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1809. 1" 1st edition.
  • <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. 16, 20, 28.
  • <4> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 25 August 1965.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 July 1998.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1944/2150 (23 January 1947).
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SMR 969 9673 (5 November 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> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS9635.
  • <13> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36624, Extant 13 April 2022.
  • <14>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39679 ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO199
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11080
  • Local List Status (Proposed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE11
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36624
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33377



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

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Record last edited

Apr 13 2022 12:23PM


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