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Lark Barrow

Hob Uid: 36270
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor, Exford
Grid Ref : SS8228041460
Summary : The remains of a round barrow are now overlain by a junction of field boundaries. The monument is visible as a very low mound 22m in diameter and 0.4m high overlain by a farm track.
More information : At SS 82304145 a mound is shown (2) (4) and named Lark Barrow (1) (4). The Barrow must have been destroyed and the material used in making the stone banks when the fields were enclosed in the 1850s. (3) (1-4)

There are no certain remains of this barrow, but it is possible that a segment of it survives in the angle subdivided by two field walls at SS 82284147. Here there is a grass covered mound 0.9m high, but its date relative to the field walls cannot be determined by visual inspection.
Surveyed at 1:2500. (5)

SS 82284147: Exford 7. Lark Barrow listed. A segment is left in the NE angle of wall junction and the surviving part, about a quarter, is
8 yds across. (5)

MacDermot (6) in 1911 wrote that there was no sign of Lark Barrow but
it formerly stood not far from the head of Spraccombe or Orchard
Bottom. It was mentioned by Thomas Pearse in 1678 as one of the
principal boundaries of Exmoor Forest. (6-7)

The remains of Lark Barrow are centred at SS 8229 4146. They are now overlain by a junction of field boundaries, one of which marks the parish boundary separating Exford from Exmoor.
The remains lie predominantly within Exford parish and now consist of a very slight swelling some 22 m in diameter and 0.4 m high. The mound is overlain by a farm track running adjacent to the parish boundary, south-westwards from Larkbarrow Corner. The mounding described by source 5 within the north-east angle of the field junction, may be partly caused by the field boundaries themselves, but undoubtedly contains barrow fabric. (8)

Lark Barrow as described by authority 8 above. (9)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Reclamation of Exmoor 1929 Map facing 20 (C S Orwin)
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Source Number : 1a
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Plan of Exmoor Forest 1816
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Source Number : 2
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Exford Tithe Map 1843
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Exmoor 1953 (L Meynall)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Almsworthy Inclosure Map 1848
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 28-JUN-65
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Source Number : 6
Source : Somerset barrows, part 1 : west and south
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Page(s) : 13,16,32
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Vol(s) : 113, 1969
Source Number : 7
Source : The history of the Forest of Exmoor
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Page(s) : 301,349,401,422,426
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : 13-DEC-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Jamieson, E 2001. English Heritage Field Investigation.
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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
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Boundary Marker
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33598
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 24
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 SW 24
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-06-28
End Date : 1965-06-28
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31