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HER Number:MDV107678
Name:Stowford Barrow, Halwill

Summary

There seems to have been some confusion over the location of this barrow in the past. Grinsell gives this grid reference as 'roughly' the location which has been followed by later commentators. However, the 1803 Ordnance Surveyors drawing places the barrow on the south side of the road, at broadly the grid reference given by the Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division (MDV1679). Martin's reference to two barrows may be a mistake as he only refers to one barrow later in the same article.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 432 972
Map Sheet:SX49NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHalwill
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHALWILL

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric barrow east of Greenacres Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX49NW1
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX49NW1
  • Pastscape: 438200

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARROW (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Watts, S., 03/09/2014, Stowford Barrow (Personal Comment). SDV357062.

There seems to have been some confusion over the location of this barrow in the past. Grinsell gives this grid reference as the rough location which has been followed by later commentators. However, the 1803 Ordnance Surveyors drawing places it on the south side of the road, at broadly the grid reference given by the Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division (MDV1679). Martin's reference to two barrows may be a mistake as he only refers to one barrow later in the same article.


Ordnance Survey, 1803, Holsworthy, Devon (Cartographic). SDV357060.

The Ordnance Survey surveyors drawing for Holsworthy shows Stowford Barrow (singular) on the south side of the lane, almost due south of Stowford and east of Foxhall which places it broadly at the grid reference given by the Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division.


Martin, J. M., 1893, Broadbury and its Ancient Earthworks (Article in Serial). SDV230002.

'The two Stowford barrows have been levelled, and traces of their existence can only be found by carefully examining the ground.' The 'two' is possibly a mistake as on the next page Martin refers to 'the obliterated Stowford Barrow'.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX49NW1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV18861.

A tumulus with the name Stowford Barrow is shown on the Ordnance Survey 2 inch map at about SX431 970
Site visit 24th April 1951. The remains of this ploughed down barrow are still clearly visible. The barrow is corection sited at SX4310 9700. The other barrow mentioned by J.M. Martin could not be located but if it lay in the cultivated area it may be so ploughed down that its form is disguised by furrows.

The two Stowford barrows have been levelled, and traces of their existence can only be found by carefully examining the ground. TDA, Martin, J. W. (1983), 549.


Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 120 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Halwill 5a and 5b. Stowford Barrows. Site visit 28th April 1969. No sign of the two barrows shown here as Stowford Barrows on the 1809 first edition 1 inch Ordnance Survey map. Grinsell gives the grid reference as 'roughly' SX43209720.


Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 1979 - 1981, North Devon Barrow Survey, DCRA ND94, 95 (Archive - Survey). SDV341310.

Site visit 27th September 1979. No sign of barrows. Unlocated/destroyed. The DCRA also give the grid reference as approximately SX43209720.


Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location, Halwill 5a, 5b (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.


Exeter Archaeology, 2002, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Wind Cluster at Higher Beckett Farm, Ashwater, Fig. 9.2 (Report - Assessment). SDV322798.

The two 'Stowford Barrows' shown on the Ordnance Survey surveyors drawing of 1803-7 appear to have been levelled by ploughing prior to 1979.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV18861Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX49NW1. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV230002Article in Serial: Martin, J. M.. 1893. Broadbury and its Ancient Earthworks. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 25. Unknown.
SDV319515Undergraduate Dissertation: Bayer, O. J.. 1996. Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location. University of Leicester Dissertation. A4 Stapled + Digital. Halwill 5a, 5b.
SDV322798Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2002. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Wind Cluster at Higher Beckett Farm, Ashwater. Exeter Archaeology Report. 02.23. A4 Stapled + Digital. Fig. 9.2.
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. DCRA ND94, 95.
SDV357060Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1803. Holsworthy, Devon. Ordnance Survey Surveyors Drawings. Digital.
SDV357062Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 03/09/2014. Stowford Barrow.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 120.

Associated Monuments

MDV1679Related to: Stowford Barrow, Halwill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 4 2018 9:09AM