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Somerset Historic Environment Record

34188

Site Name: Burial Chamber, Battlegore, Williton
SCHEDULED MONUMENT: Round barrow cemetery at Battle Gore immediately west of North Road [No:33704]
Civil Parish: Williton
Part of:
PRN 35378Battlegore barrow cemetery, north of Williton
Comprises:
PRN 30238Excavation (1931), Battlegore barrow cemetery, Williton
Grid Ref: ST 0745 4162 (ST 04 SE)
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Image: Image of HER 34188 - Photo by Somerset County Council (14 May 1974)
  HER 34188 - Photo by Somerset County Council (14 May 1974)

Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]

Details:

A group of stones south of a barrow (PRN 34185) is suggestive of a burial chamber. {1}

Williton 3a. {2}

Excavated in 1931(PRN 30238). Flint implements (including an arrowhead) were found. Three stones were identified, which would have formed a dolmen-like structure. One stone was 10ft long and 2.25ft thick, the second was still standing in its socket hole and the third was 6.5ft high (broken). {3}

Said that the stones were thrown up as a result of a contest between the Devil and the Giant, with the Devil's handprint on the leaning stone. {4}

The area is called "Battlegore" which was the traditional site of a battle in AD918, Danish raids being recorded in the Anglo Saxon chronicle. Balliol College manuscript (c. 1631-72) sites the battle to the area because of the field names and because burials and weapons were found. Implements included a knife dagger, a winged axe, a rapier and a spearhead. {5}

Three large stones lying under nettles in a slight ditch at the edge of a pasture field, one stone leaning up against the hedge. {6}

Aerial photographs show a large circular enclosure around the stones. {9}

The monument is in the field margin and largely obscured by nettles. {11}

References:

1 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 04 SE 21 (1965) Location: HER files under PRN 34185. HER digital source: 2045.
2 Mention - Grinsell, LV. Somerset barrows, part 1: West and South. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  113 (1969), Supplement (page 41)
3 Excavation report - Gray, H St G. Battlegore, Williton. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  77 (1931), 7-36 (page 19-21) Copy available in Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society library at Somerset Heritage Centre
4 Mention - Grinsell, LV. Folklore of Prehistoric Sites in Britain.  (1976), 98.
5 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 04 SE 11 (1965) Location: HER files. HER digital source: 2046.
6 Detailed records - Various. Department of the Environment and English Heritage (1980s) Location: HER collections.
7 Mention - Hearne, T. Peter Langtoft's Chronicle.  (1725), 466-72.
8 Mention - Page, JLW. An Exploration of Exmoor.  (1890), 67-70.
9 Aerial photographs - DAP YR15-21. (1995) Location: HER digital information, prints in archive at Somerset Heritage Centre.
10 Aerial photographs - DAP ABS 13-14. (22/7/1997) Location: HER digital information, prints in archive at Somerset Heritage Centre.
11 Detailed records - Graham, A [Alan]. English Heritage Field Monument Warden (21/4/1998) Location: HER files.

Record created in May 1984

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