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Wiveliscombe Barrow

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:Williton (10km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   ST00553486 / Sheet: 181
Latitude:51° 6' 13.79" N
Longitude:   3° 25' 14.23" W

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Visited 19.7.11

My 700th fieldnote!

Another site marked on the O/S map and mentioned on Megalithic.

Parking on this stretch of the B3224 is very difficult and I had to park rather dodgy on the grass verge.
The Barrow is just to the south of the road but I couldn't find any access into the field.
I didn't feel comfortable leaving the car too long where I had parked it and settled for a view of the Barrow through the high hedgerow. Not idea but at least I managed to see it. The Barrow appeared to be approximately 2 metres high x 15 metres across.
The Barrow looked to be in good nick – very similar to the nearby Leather Barrow)
Posted by CARL
8th August 2011ce
Edited 8th August 2011ce


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Details of barrow on Pastscape

[ST 00553486] Wiveliscombe Barrow (NR) Brompton Regis 2. Bowl barrow 23 paces diameter, 8' 6" high. (2)
A large well preserved bowl barrow 2.0m high. An excavation trench has recently been cut by an unknown person. See GP AO/65/182/5. Surveyed at 1:2500. (3)
ST 005348 Wiveliscombe Barrow, round barrow. Scheduled (4)ST 00563486. Brompton Regis 2. Wiveliscombe barrow listed, details as Auth 2. Visited by Grinsell 11th May 1952. He suspects that the name Wiveliscombe Barrow may possibly have been originated by the Ordnance Survey during the original survey of 1790-1810 for convenience of reference. It is named Eastern Barrow on the 1833 tithe map.
The Bronze Age bowl barrow described by the previous authorities was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. The excavation trench described by authority 3 was also visible. (6-7)
Wiveliscombe Barrow survives as a circular turf-covered mound 20.5 m in diameter and 2.3 m high. The barrow is well defined, and stands in the corner of an improved pasture field. Previous ploughing operations have cut into the base of the mound giving an abrupt end to the base of the scarp. Damage caused by ?sheep or animal burrowing has recently been repaired with patches of fresh soil. The excavation refered to by previous authorities is visible in the south-west quadrant of the barrow. It comprises a trench 7.8 m long by 2 m wide and 0.4 m deep. It runs south-west to north-east. Field visit as part of RCHME's Exmoor Project, 12 March 1999. (8)
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18th December 2014ce
Edited 18th December 2014ce