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Thorncombe Barrow

Round Barrow(s)

<b>Thorncombe Barrow</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (3.11.2018)
Nearest Town:Williton (5km W)
OS Ref (GB):   ST12743941 / Sheet: 181
Latitude:51° 8' 48.21" N
Longitude:   3° 14' 51.5" W

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As well as the main Thorncombe Barrow, there is a group of three further barrows on the summit of Thorncombe Hill to the southeast, centred on ST131391.

These are very low and (at the time of writing) heavily overgrown with heather.

Pastscape descriptions:
Three Bronze Age burial cairns lie on the summit of Thorncombe Hill. The largest of these three cairns lies at ST 13199 39105. This is a low, stony mound with a flat top, 8.5m in diameter and 0.5m high. The top of the mound has a central depression, 1.6m x 1.4m x 0.5m deep. The cairn has been cut through by a track which has exposed much of the west side of the cairn. Some 30m to the northwest, at ST 13175 39123, is a second cairn. This is a circular mound, 4.4m in diameter and 0.7m high, with a small central depression. A third cairn lies some 100m to the north at ST 13150 39224. This is a circular stony mound, 5m high and 0.7m high. The west edge of the cairn has been clipped by a track.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd January 2019ce
Edited 2nd January 2019ce

Details of barrow on Pastscape

[ST 1274 3941] THORNCOMBE BARROW [G.T.] Thorncombe Barrow, Bicknoller, round barrow, scheduled (2), one of the best specimens in the neighbourhood. A ditched bowl barrow, 1.7m high: the ditch is no more than, 0.2m deep. A shallow depression has been dug into its top. (See G.Ps AO/65/122/7 & 8) Published 1/2500 survey revised. The possible Bronze Age bowl barrow, described above, is situated on top of Thorncombe hill at 332m above OD. It has been recorded on aerial photographs and is visible as an amorphous mound with a diameter of 21m.
(5-7) Thorncombe Barrow is a large Bronze Age barrow on a spur to the northwest of the summit of Thorncombe Hill at ST 12732 39416. The barrow comprises a large circular mound, 17m in diameter and 1.3m high. The mound has a flat top which has a deep hollow in its centre, 6m x 4m x 0.9m deep. A ditch, 3.5m wide and 0.8m deep runs around the mound. A small causeway across the ditch on the southeast side of the barrow is probably a later feature. The barrow lies in an area of early post-medieval relict field system. The barrow was recorded using differential GPS as part of the EH survey of the Quantock Hills AONB (8).
Chance Posted by Chance
16th December 2014ce