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Wiveliscombe Barrow

Hob Uid: 188436
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Brompton Regis
Grid Ref : ST0055034860
Summary : Bronze Age bowl barrow visible as an earthwork. It measures 20.5 metres in diameter and is 2.3 metres high. An excavation trench was also visible.
More information : [ST 00553486] Wiveliscombe Barrow (NR) (1)

Brompton Regis 2. Bowl barrow 23 paces diameter, 8' 6" high. (2)
A large well preserved bowl barrow 2.0m high. An excavation trench has recently been cut by an unknown person. See GP AO/65/182/5. Surveyed at 1:2500. (3)

ST 005348 Wiveliscombe Barrow, round barrow. Scheduled (4)

ST 00563486. Brompton Regis 2. Wiveliscombe barrow listed, details as Auth 2. 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.
(5)

The Bronze Age bowl barrow described by the previous authorities was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. The excavation trench described by authority 3 was also visible. (6-7)

Wiveliscombe Barrow survives as a circular turf-covered mound 20.5 m in diameter and 2.3 m 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 south-west quadrant of the barrow. It comprises a trench 7.8 m long by 2 m wide and 0.4 m deep. It runs south-west to north-east. Field visit as part of RCHME's Exmoor Project, 12 March 1999. (8)

ST 00553485. Wiveliscombe barrow. Scheduling amended. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Grinsell LV. West Somerset Barrows Manuscripts
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Source Number : 9
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : EH Scheduling amendment, 03-SEP-2002
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 06-AUG-65
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of ancient monuments in England: Volume 1, Northern England; Volume 2, Southern England; Volume 3, East Anglia and the Midlands
Source details : DOE (IAM) AMs Eng 2 1978 116
Page(s) : 116
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Source Number : 5
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details : Supplement Somerset Barrows Part 1 (LV Grinsell)
Page(s) : 16, 20, 28
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Vol(s) : 113, 1969
Source Number : 5a
Source : The History and Antiquities of Somersetshire
Source details : Phelps W. History & Ants of Somerset
Page(s) : 115
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Source Number : 5b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Page JLW. 1890. Exploration of Exmoor
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Source Number : 6
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1944 3145-3146 23-JAN-1947
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Source Number : 7
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR ST 0034/1/281 (1507) 24-APR-1979
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 12 March 1999 RCHME Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
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Monument Type : Bowl Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33371
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 35321
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 03 SW 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 03 SW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-08-06
End Date : 1965-08-06
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: BRENDON HILLS MAPPING PROJECT, NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-01
End Date : 1998-10-01