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Prehistoric clearance cairn 1.05km north-west of Wardbrook Farm

A Scheduled Monument in North Hill, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5381 / 50°32'17"N

Longitude: -4.4765 / 4°28'35"W

OS Eastings: 224605.759347

OS Northings: 73852.167475

OS Grid: SX246738

Mapcode National: GBR NF.HFZ0

Mapcode Global: FRA 17HM.ZTH

Entry Name: Prehistoric clearance cairn 1.05km north-west of Wardbrook Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008999

English Heritage Legacy ID: 15137

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: North Hill

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Linkinhorne

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a large elongated Prehistoric clearance cairn situated
near a broadly contemporary field system, linear boundary and other clearance
cairns on the western slope of the Langstone Downs on SE Bodmin Moor.
The cairn survives as a turf-covered ovoid mound of heaped rubble measuring 9m
ESE-WNW by 5m NNE-SSW and up to 0.6m high. It is one of at least seventeen
similarly large cairns forming a dispersed cairnfield among and adjoining the
cleared plots of a Prehistoric field system. This cairn is situated 38m SW of
another similar cairn and is almost midway between two major linear boundaries
which subdivide the field system, passing 62m south and 75m north of the

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been
recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The
Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the
best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of
prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human
exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The
well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field
systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains
provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land
use through time.

This cairn has survived well, with no evident or recorded disturbance. The
integration of the cairnfield containing this cairn with an extensive
Prehistoric field system and linear boundaries indicates their broad
contemporaneity, demonstrating well the nature of agricultural practices and
organisation of land use during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


consulted 1993, Cornwall SMR entries: PRN 1263 & 1274 (part),
consulted 9/1991, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP transcriptions for SX 2473 & SX 2474,
Qualification consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1264,

Source: Historic England

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