MSO9338 - Possible late prehistoric circular enclosure on Varle Hill (Monument)


An possible enclosure on Varle Hill was noted on aerial photographs but could not be found during field investigation in 1997.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A circular, embanked enclosure, lying on a formerly ploughed area was noted from aerial photographs. [1] The site could be vaguely discerned as a grassed area in rough grazing and gorse on the north facing slope of Varle Hill. There is no clear trace of the circular feature, though there is a slight terracing in the hillside. [2] Field investigation by RCHME in the general locality revealed no such feature. The area has been cultivated in the past, but has now reverted to high gorse and rough pasture. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. 12.067 (May 1977).
  • <2> Unpublished document: Burrow, I.. 1979. Site Visit Form of the Varle Hill Enclosure.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 24 July 1997.



Grid reference Centred SS 8893 3199 (87m by 76m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS83SE

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11223
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE23
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 932857
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33559

Record last edited

Mar 29 2021 9:07PM


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