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Monument Number 34778

Hob Uid: 34778
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Kentisbury
Grid Ref : SS6426843421
Summary : Three Bronze Age barrows are visible on Kentisbury Down. They average 11.7 metres in diameter and 1 metres in height. Two have been subject to animal erosion. One of the barrows is directly overlain by a 19th century field boundary. Only one of the barrows can be seen on aerial photographs.
More information : (Area SS 642434) Tumuli (O.E.)(Two)& Tumulus (O.E.) (1)

Three round barrows on Kentisbury Down.
'A' SS 6421 4346. 16 paces diameter, 4 1/2 ft high.
'B' SS 6429 4344. 12 paces x 1 ft.
'C' SS 6433 4338. 11 paces x 1 1/2 ft.

Traces of other smaller mound (? barrows) in vicinity noted by Wickenden in 1939 and confirmed in 1961(2)

'A' No change
'B' Very poor condition, the mound is now very slight.
'C' Approximately 11.0 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high.

Smaller mounds noted by Grinsell not certainly identifiable and unlikely to be cairns or barrows.

Barrows A-C surveyed at 1:2500.

SS 643 433. Round barrow. Scheduled, Devon 95. (3)

Three round barrows centred at SS 6429 4344 on E facing slopes on Kentisbury Down. All the barrows lie within improved permanent pasture, and have a very open aspect to the E.

Barrow A. Centred at SS 6421 4346. A well preserved, turf-covered, circular mound, composed of earth and shale. It stands to 2m in height and has a diameter of 15m. A slight hollowing on the eastern side of the summit is probably the result of animal rubbing.

Barrow B. Centred at SS 6428 4344. A low, turf-covered, circular mound, composed of earth and shale, and bisected by a NW to SE hedgebank. The barrow is 0.4m high and has an approximate diameter of 9.8m. The hedgebank, some 1.8m wide overlies the mound, whilst a drainage ditch along the SW side of the boundary has cut through the core of the mound, leaving a slight arc of mound material at the extreme edge of the field. On the NE side of the boundary the spread mound is more visible as a broad swelling at the edge of the field.

Barrow C. Centred at SS 6432 4338. A low, turf-covered, triangular-shaped mound, of unknown composition. The barrow stands to 0.6m in height and has a diameter of approximately 10.5m. Its NW side has been truncated and straightened by a hedge ditch running beside the field boundary. A field gate and a trough to the immediate NNE have also caused some wear to the mound.

1:2500 survey revised. Archive plan including SS 64 SW 2 deposited in NMR. (5)

Barrow 'A' as described above is visble on aerial photographs as an substantial earthwork on Kentisbury Down. The two smaller barrows are not visible. On photographs taken in 1947, there is a worn area surrounding Barrow A, probably the result of animal erosion (6).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1905
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Source Number : 2
Source : Devon Archaeological Society proceedings
Source details : (Grinsell)
Page(s) : 122
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Vol(s) : 28, 1970
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MJF 17-AUG-72
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Source Number : 4
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE(IAM) AMs Eng 1978 41
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : W R Wilson-North 11-FEB-93 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 7
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 3097-98 11-APR-1947
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Round Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 95
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 2046
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12115
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12116
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 64 SW 6
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 64 SW 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-08-17
End Date : 1972-08-17
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01