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Robin How

Hob Uid: 36960
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Luccombe, Wootton Courtenay
Grid Ref : SS9077042720
Summary : A large Bronze Age cairn on Dunkery Hill, known as Robin How, survives as an earthwork mound over 21 metres in diameter. The earthworks have been surveyed at 1:500 scale and transcribed as part of the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey. It is part of a group of 10 or more monuments.
More information : [SS 9077 4272] Robin How [NR] (1)

[SS 9077 4272] Robin How (Beacon) [NR] (2)

Cairn of beacon known as "Robin How" on the Luccombe-Wootton Courtney parish boundary. On it there are two conical erections one to N., one to S., each about 3ft. high. Between them the mound has a flat top composed of smaller stones than elsewhere. Diameter of exposed stones about 62ft., height above the moor excluding the surmounting stone heaps - 6ft. (3).

Scheduled under Burial Mounds (4). (3)(4)

This is a disturbed cairn 1.6 metres high and listed by Grinsell as Luccombe No. 3. As Grinsell suggests, a quarry pit 0.7 metres deep against the east side of the cairn probably provided its material.
(See G.P.s AO/65/126/3 and 4.)
Resurveyed at 1:2500. (5)

[SS 9076 4272] Luccombe 3. Robin How, cairn 24 paces diameter, 10ft. high. The material may have come from quarry pits to the east, north-east and south-east. Visited by Grinsell Whitsun 1958. Robin How and Joaney How (SS 94 SW 3) were shown as Luckham Barrows on O.S. 1" first edition, 1809, and as Luccombe Barrows on the map by W. C. Cox 1829 and in Savage (b). The earliest appearance of Robin and Joaney How on the maps appears to be on the O.S. 6" 1889. (6)

Joaney How (SS 94 SW 3), Robin How and adjacent mound (SS 94 SW 4).
Scheduled. (7)

The large cairn known as Robin How lies on Dunkery Hill at SS 90761 42724. It comprises a large, circular mound of stone, enclosed by a heather and turf covered bank. The cairn measures 21.5m in diameter and stands 2m high. The eastern side is flanked by a large pit, 19m N-S, 8m E-W and 0.8m deep, probably the source of material for the cairn. The stone mound is flat topped, and has probably been re-worked recently, as there is no sign of the two conical erections mentioned by authy 3. The evidence for this being the site of a beacon comes from the OS 25" first edition map (Somerset 34.14), there is no other evidence that this was the case. The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor Project (8).

Surveyed at 1:500 scale with EDM, 24 February 2000 (9).

Round cairn known as Robin How. Part of round cairn cemetery on Dunkery Hill. Traditionally thought to be named after Robin Hood. Scheduled. (10)

The cairn known as Robin How has been transcribed as earthworks from aerial photographs as part of the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey. The cairn appears to be circa 25 metres in diameter and centred on circa SS 90764272. It is one of eight cairns recorded as part of the survey in this area, although more are present but not visible on the aerial photographs available. (11-12)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:2500
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Source Number : 9
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : R Wilson-North 24 February 2000 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 10
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : EH Scheduling amendment, 23-APR-2003
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Source Number : 11
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3177-8 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 12
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 9042/10-12 (23827/02-04) 19-FEB-2005
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Source : Robin How/pencil survey
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Source Number : 3
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details : No 11 (H St G Gray)
Page(s) : 125
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Vol(s) : 78, 1932
Source Number : 4
Source : Ancient monuments in England and Wales : list prepared by the Ministry of Works, corrected to 31st December 1960
Source details : List Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1961 81 (MOW)
Page(s) : 81
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 15-JUN-65
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Source Number : 5a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : West Somerset Barrows Mss (L V Grinsell)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Page(s) : 14,15,17,35
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Vol(s) : 113, 1969
Source Number : 6b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : History of the Hundred of Carhampton 1830 (J Savage)
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Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE (IAM) AMs Eng 2 1978 117
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 06-MAR-1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
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Monument Type : Round Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Recorded in 1809
Monument End Date : 1809
Monument Start Date : 1809
Monument Type : Beacon
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33667
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 35591
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 51
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO6251
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 2K/00831
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 2K00006
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 99/01249
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 SW 2
External Cross Reference Notes :

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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 94 SW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-06-15
End Date : 1965-06-15
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Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
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