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Old Barrow

Hob Uid: 35811
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Withypool and Hawkridge
Grid Ref : SS8408032440
Summary : Bowl barrow usually known as Old Barrow measures 20.9 metres in diameter and 1.2 metres high. It has been heavily disturbed by robbing or possibly by antiquarian excavation trenches.
More information : [SS 84153241] Old Barrow (NR) (1)

Withypoole No 7, a bowl barrow 13 paces diameter and 2.5 ft. high with a hollow in the centre. It is enclosed by a bank with outer ditch which is not concentric with the barrow and is clearly a tree-clump enclosure, probably 18th century. (2)

Scheduled. (3)

Old Barrow is at SS 84083244, the feature has been omitted from the OS6 inch and the name erroneously applied to a pit. It appears to be a very robbed bowl barrow, 0.9m high the bank mentioned by Grinsell is not well defined and has only slight traces of an outer ditch. Although clearly later than the barrow it is not certainly a tree-ring, and it may have been formed when the barrow was robbed. (See GPs AO/65/192/5 & 6).

Published 1:2500 survey revised. (4)

SS 84093244. Withypoole 7. Old Barrow listed, details as Authy 2.
Visited by Grinsell 25th May 1958. (5)

[SS 84083244] Old Barrow (NR) (6)

Old Barrow, a prehistoric barrow, is centred at SS 84083244 at the eastern end of the ridge forming Old Barrow Down. It is a circular earth and stone mound, 20.9m in diameter and 1.2m high and has been heavily disturbed by robbing or excavation trenches. These appear as two, sharp-sided, concentric circular cuttings 1.5m wide and 0.3m deep. Their shallowness suggests that they are less likely to be stone robbing trenches and more likely to be the result of an antiquarian attempt to define a kerb within the monument. Such an event does not appear to be documented but has been noted elsewhere on Exmoor (see SS 83 SW 2 and SS 73 NW 10 (D)).

Aspect: Old Barrow has extensive views in all directions.

Vegetation: Grass with some reeds. (7)

The probable Bronze Age round barrow known as Old Barrow is clearly visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards.
On the aerial photographs available to the survey the monument can be seen as a mound circa 10 metres in diameter with evidence of disturbance visible as an off-centre pit about 4.5 metres in diameter. The mound appears to be enclosed by a narrow bank which in turn is surrounded by a ditch less than 1.5 metres wide, and finally an outer bank. It is possible these are also evidence of antiquarian disturbance as suggested by authority 7 above. (8-11)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS/8432/4 (18279/04) 10-FEB-1999
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : DOE (IAM) AMs Eng 1978 119
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 02-SEP-65
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Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : OS 1:10000 1977
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North, WR 6-Apr-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4254-5 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 9
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 543/2821 (F62) 0258-9 27-APR-1964
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Source details : NMR OS/72314 428-9 16-AUG-1972
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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 : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34301
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 159
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 33076
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External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO8685
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 SW 4
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 83 SW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-09-02
End Date : 1965-09-02
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 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1995-04-06
End Date : 1995-04-06
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01