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Kinsford Barrow

Hob Uid: 35046
Location :
Devon
North Devon
North Molton
Grid Ref : SS7398036590
Summary : A probable Bronze Age barrow measuring 28m in diameter and 0.6m high is visible on the south-east side of Kingsford Gate Cross. It has a tentative name of Kinsford Barrow. The adjacent 0.5m high mound is thought to be either spoil or a Bronze Age ring cairn.
More information : 'North Molton No 10', SS 74003660. A broad shallow bowl barrow with hollow in centre, 28 paces diameter and 2' high. Possibly 'Kensford Barrow' named in 1651 as marking the W boundary of Exmoor Forest.

'North Molton No 10a', SS 74153753. Uncertain whether it is a bowl barrow or upcast from adjoining quarry. 13 paces in diameter and 3' high. (1)

SS 73983659. A probable bowl barrow 28.0 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high situated in undulating moorland. The suggested name 'Kensford barrow' could not be verified - the nearby crossroads is called Kinsford Gate. Surveyed at 1:2500. SS 74153653. The 0.5 metre high mound is almost certainly spoil from the adjoining diggings. (2)

A partial excavation in may and June 1977 discovered a circular stone bank 63 ft in diameter, 2 ft high with a 5 ft basal spread. A stone cairn within the enclosure may have held a cremation urn, but if so, had been robbed. Possibly a Bronze Age ring-cairn. (3)

The barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a low mound at SS 7398 3659, measuring approximately 28 metres across (4).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Devon Archaeological Society proceedings
Source details :
Page(s) : 101,105,125
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Vol(s) : 28
Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MJF 07-MAR-72
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Source Number : 3
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
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Page(s) : 171-174
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Vol(s) : 112
Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 3407-08 11-JUL-1946
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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 : Bowl Barrow, Ring Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12160
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MDE1199
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NW 13
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 73 NW 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-03-07
End Date : 1972-03-07
Associated Activities : Primary, KINSFORD BARROW
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1977-01-01
End Date : 1977-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01