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Selworthy Beacon

Hob Uid: 1121904
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9186047980
Summary : A Bronze Age cairn is visible as a roughly circular platform and is part of a group of cairns (SS 94 NW 15). The cairn measures about 10.4m by 11.5m by 1.1m high with a modern stone cairn lying in the centre of the platform and an OS triangulation pillar which lies on the eastern edge. The cairn is marked on the 1st edition OS map as "Selworthy Beacon" and was probably later modified for use as a fire beacon in the 16th century. This is a scheduled monument.
More information : The cairn on Selworthy Beacon is part of a group of cairns which lie on the ridge to the east of the Beacon, close to Hill Road (SS 94 NW 15). The cairn was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME East Exmoor project, and lies at SS 91873 47986. The cairn is defined by a roughly circular stony platform, 10.4m NS, 11.5m EW and 1.1m high. A modern stone cairn lies in the centre of this platform, and the OS triangulation pillar lies on its eastern edge (1).

The association with a post medieval beacon site comes from the 1st edition OS map for the area, which does not mark the cairn but calls the area "Selworthy Beacon" (2).

SS 91864798. The prehistoric cairn was probably modified for use as a fire beacon during the 16th century. Scheduled. (3)

The Bronze Age burial cairn above (1-3) is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The cairn is centred at SS 9186 4798 and is as described above. (4-5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 1998 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : Ordnance Survey 1889 1st edition 25" map, Somerset 34.3
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Source Number : 3
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 03-Sep-02
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF/106G/UK/1655 3015-3016 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 5
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 9248/9 (15449/21) 15-MAY-1996
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
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Monument Type : Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33801
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 35326
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NW 102
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL: SEVERN ESTUARY NMP, RAPID COASTAL ZONE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2006-04-10
End Date : 2008-11-01