MSO8854 - Wiveliscombe or Eastern Barrow (Monument)


A Bronze Age bowl barrow is visible as an earthwork, cut by a modern excavation trench.

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[ST 0055 3486] Wiveliscombe Barrow (NR). [1] Brompton Regis 2. A bowl barrow 23 paces in diameter and 8 feet 6 inches high. Visited by Grinsell 11th May 1952. He suspects that the name Wiveliscombe Barrow may possibly have been originated by the Ordnance Survey during the original survey of 1790-1810 for convenience of reference. It is named Eastern Barrow on the 1833 tithe map. [2,3] A large well preserved bowl barrow 2.0 metres high. An excavation trench has recently been cut by an unknown person. See [16]. Surveyed at 1:2500. [4] ST 005 348 Wiveliscombe Barrow, round barrow. Scheduled [5] Wiveliscombe Barrow survives as a circular turf covered mound 20.5 metres in diameter and 2.3 metres high. The barrow is well defined, and stands in the corner of an improved pasture field. Previous ploughing operations have cut into the base of the mound giving an abrupt end to the base of the scarp. Damage caused by ?sheep or animal burrowing has recently been repaired with patches of fresh soil. The excavation refered to by previous authorities is visible in the southwest quadrant of the barrow. It comprises a trench 7.8 metres long by 2 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep. It runs southwest to northeast. Field visit as part of RCHME's Exmoor Project, 12 March 1999. [7] A prominent grass mound 2.7 metres high and 21 metres in diameter. There is a small scar on the southwest side where turf has been removed and earth now showing. [8] Scheduling affirmed with new national number (was Somerset 200) on 3 September 2002. [9] In private ownership. [10] The Bronze Age bowl barrow can be seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. The excavation trench is also visible. [11-13] Visible on aerial photographs. [14,15] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 8. [17] 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. [18] Field visit as part of RCHME's Exmoor Project, 12 March 1999. [19]

Sources/Archives (19)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Monograph: Phelphs, W. 1839. History of Somersetshire. 2, part II. P. 115.
  • <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. 16, 20, 28.
  • <4> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 6 August 1965.
  • <5> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978. P. 116.
  • <6> Monograph: Page, J.L.W.. 1890. An Exploration of Exmoor and the Hill Country of West Somerset: With Notes on its Archaeology. P. 213.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 March 1999.
  • <8> Report: Various. Various. Field Monument Warden Report. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission.
  • <9> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 25/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <10> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records.
  • <11> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 3145-3146 (23 January 1947).
  • <12> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR ST 0034/1/281 (1507) (24 April 1979).
  • <13> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, ST 03 SW.
  • <14> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. ST0034B.
  • <15> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3332.
  • <17> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <18> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <19> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 188436, Extant 31 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO243
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11074
  • Local List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 SW2
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 188436
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33371



Grid reference Centred ST 0055 3485 (25m by 25m)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Jun 24 2022 12:14PM


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