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Withypool Hill Barrow

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:South Molton (15km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   SS84003445 / Sheet: 181
Latitude:51° 5' 49.33" N
Longitude:   3° 39' 24.49" W

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Details of barrow on Pastscape

[SS 84003445] Tumulus (NR) Withypoole No. 6 (a). This is a robbed bowl barrow, 1.1m high. (See GPs AO/65/192/3 & 4). Published Survey (1:2500) revised. (3)
Withypool 6. Bowl barrow listed, details as Authy 3a. The mound is truncated and hummocky, and is crowned by OS trig point. Visited by Grinsell 30th Sept 1961. (4) Centred at SS 84003445 on the summit of Withypool Hill is a prehistoric barrow. It is 20.5m in diameter and 0.9m high. Its summit has been disturbed by robbing and possibly excavation: it is now covered by amorphous hollows. A modern cairn has been built on the eastern side of the summit. The southern part of the mound has a break in slope suggesting that the material from the robbing hollows has been dumped on the slope. "Quarry" ditches around the eastern and northern sides of the barrow appear to be recent and either represent robbing, or an attempt to locate a presumed kerb around the monument.
Despite the interference to the monument, no excavation is documented. A nearby field bank forms part of an extensive system of enclosures on Withypool Hill , and might provide a context for the disturbance to the barrow (see SS 83 SW 49). (5) SS 84013445. Bowl barrow on Withypool Hill. Scheduled. (6)
The much disturbed remains of a bowl barrow of probable Bronze Age date are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, centred on circa SS 84003445. The diameter of the outer earthwork bank is circa 20 metres in diameter. Within this, a smaller irregularly shaped mound of circa 9 metres diameter can be seen, presumably the modern cairn described by the above authority.
In addition it may be valuable to note that on the 1940s aerial photographs the ground surface is visibly rutted and disturbed probably by military vehicles, immediately around the barrow and for an area around for at least 8 hectares. Less visible disturbance probably extended for a considerable distance beyond this area. (7-10)
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27th December 2014ce