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Monument Number 35805

Hob Uid: 35805
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Withypool and Hawkridge
Grid Ref : SS8400034450
Summary : A bowl barrow on Withypool Hill disturbed by robbing and possible excavation. The barrow mound measures 20.5 metres in diameter and stands roughly 1.1 metres high. A modern cairn has been built on the eastern side of the summit.
More information : [SS 84003445] Tumulus (NR) (1)

Scheduled. (2)

Withypoole No. 6 (a). This is a robbed bowl barrow, 1.1m high. (See GPs AO/65/192/3 & 4). Published Survey (1:2500) revised. (3)

Withypool 6. Bowl barrow listed, details as Authy 3a. The mound is truncated and hummocky, and is crowned by OS trig point. Visited by Grinsell 30th Sept 1961. (4)

Centred at SS 84003445 on the summit of Withypool Hill is a prehistoric barrow. It is 20.5m in diameter and 0.9m high. Its summit has been disturbed by robbing and possibly excavation: it is now covered by amorphous hollows. A modern cairn has been built on the eastern side of the summit. The southern part of the mound has a break in slope suggesting that the material from the robbing hollows has been dumped on the slope. "Quarry" ditches around the eastern and northern sides of the barrow appear to be recent and either represent robbing, or an attempt to locate a presumed kerb around the monument.

Despite the interference to the monument, no excavation is documented. A nearby field bank forms part of an extensive system of enclosures on Withypool Hill , and might provide a context for the disturbance to the barrow (see SS 83 SW 49). (5)

SS 84013445. Bowl barrow on Withypool Hill. Scheduled. (6)
The much disturbed remains of a bowl barrow of probable Bronze Age date are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, centred on circa SS 84003445. The diameter of the outer earthwork bank is circa 20 metres in diameter. Within this, a smaller irregularly shaped mound of circa 9 metres diameter can be seen, presumably the modern cairn described by the above authority.

In addition it may be valuable to note that on the 1940s aerial photographs the ground surface is visibly rutted and disturbed probably by military vehicles, immediately around the barrow and for an area around for at least 8 hectares. Less visible disturbance probably extended for a considerable distance beyond this area. (7-10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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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 1978 119
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Source Number : 10
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS/8334/5 (15885/30) 19-MAR-1998
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 01-SEP-65
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Source Number : 4
Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Wilson-North, WR 2-Feb-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 24-Feb-04
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Source Number : 7
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 160G/UK/1655 (F20) 3295-6 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 8
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 540/860 (F20) 3104-5 02-SEP-1952
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Source Number : 9
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73086 772-3 17-APR-1973
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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
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Modern
Monument End Date : 1999
Monument Start Date : 1900
Monument Type : Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34300
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 35971
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO8683
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 SW 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 83 SW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-09-01
End Date : 1965-09-01
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 83 SW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1995-02-02
End Date : 1995-02-02
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01