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HER Number:MDV10804
Name:Farway Barrow Cemetery

Summary

The Farway Hill Barrow complex comprises the most extensive and densest concentrations of barrows in east Devon. At least 57 barrows are located within a 3 miles stretch covering parts of Gittisham Hill, Farway Hill and Broad Down.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 162 952
Map Sheet:SY19NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishFarway
Civil ParishGittisham
Civil ParishHoniton
Civil ParishSidmouth
Civil ParishSouthleigh
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN
Ecclesiastical ParishFARWAY
Ecclesiastical ParishGITTISHAM
Ecclesiastical ParishHONITON
Ecclesiastical ParishSALCOMBE REGIS
Ecclesiastical ParishSIDBURY
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTHLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY19SE/19
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Fox, A., 1948, The Broad Down (Farway) Necropolis and the Wessex Culture in Devon, 1-19 (Article in Serial). SDV123165.

At least 57 barrows within a 3 mile stretch, comprising parts of Gittisham Hill, Farway Hill and Broad Down. The barrows vary in size and appearance. The largest are from 80-140 feet in diameter and 6-12 feet high and ditched. The smallest are low mounds 25-30 feet diameter. A number were excavated in the 19th century. All the interments were cremations. Finds included shale cups (barrows 36 and 47), a pygmy cup (barrow 51) and a bone bead (barrow 46).


Grinsell, L. V., 1983, The Barrows of South and East Devon, 14, 32-36 (Article in Serial). SDV337013.

The densest and most extensive concentration of barrows in East Devon.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, 284 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.


Jones, A. M. + Quinnell, H., 2008, The Farway Barrow Complex in East Devon Reassessed (Article in Serial). SDV344746.

One of the most significant and well-preserved non-moorland barrow complexes in south-west Britain, comprising a dense concentration of more than one hundred barrows and monuments set in a roughly triangular upland plateau, some 9 kilometres east-west by 10 kilometres north-south. Most of the barrows are found in three principal clusters around Gittisham Hill, Farway Hill and Brown Down. The barrow complex contains a range of sites including earthen barrows, simple cairns, ring cairns and mounds surrounded by stone settings. This diversity is reflected in the range of artefacts and deposits placed in the barrows and in the ways in which human remains were interred. Radiocarbon dating from nine samples ranged between 2210BC and 1660BC indicating that the barrow complex was used for several centuries with different areas of the cemetery appearing to be contemporary with one another. Jones and Quinnell’s assessment draws together this information with the results of excavations undertaken in the 1860s and 1960s to provide a holistic overview of the cemetery. Details of a number of individual barrows given. See report for full details.


Jones, A. M. + Quinnell, H., 2008, The Farway Barrow Complex in East Devon Reassessed, 25-57 (Article in Serial). SDV344746.

One of the most significant and well-preserved non-moorland barrow complexes in south-west Britain, comprising a dense concentration of more than one hundred barrows and monuments set in a roughly triangular upland plateau, some 9 kilometres east-west by 10 kilometres north-south. Most of the barrows are found in three principal clusters around Gittisham Hill, Farway Hill and Brown Down. The barrow complex contains a range of sites including earthen barrows, simple cairns, ring cairns and mounds surrounded by stone settings. This diversity is reflected in the range of artefacts and deposits placed in the barrows and in the ways in which human remains were interred. Radiocarbon dating from nine samples ranged between 2210BC and 1660BC indicating that the barrow complex was used for several centuries with different areas of the cemetery appearing to be contemporary with one another. Jones and Quinnell’s assessment draws together this information with the results of excavations undertaken in the 1860s and 1960s to provide a holistic overview of the cemetery. Details of a number of individual barrows given. See report for full details.


Fairclough, P., 2010, Archaeological Monitoring and Recording of Groundworks Relating to the Construction of a Garage at Roncombe Gate Farm, Sidbury, East Devon (Report - Watching Brief). SDV348263.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.


English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West, 90 (Report - non-specific). SDV355280.

Extensive significant problems i.e. under plough, collapse. Declining. Principal vulnerability deterioration; in need of management.


Quinnell, N. V., Unknown, Plan of Farway Monuments (Cartographic). SDV355232.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV123165Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1948. The Broad Down (Farway) Necropolis and the Wessex Culture in Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Exploration Society. 4: part 1. Paperback Volume. 1-19.
SDV337013Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1983. The Barrows of South and East Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 14, 32-36.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344746Article in Serial: Jones, A. M. + Quinnell, H.. 2008. The Farway Barrow Complex in East Devon Reassessed. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 66. Paperback Volume. 25-57.
SDV348263Report - Watching Brief: Fairclough, P.. 2010. Archaeological Monitoring and Recording of Groundworks Relating to the Construction of a Garage at Roncombe Gate Farm, Sidbury, East Devon. Context One Archaeological Services HER Entry. COAS/WBF/10/RSD. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. 284.
SDV355232Cartographic: Quinnell, N. V.. Unknown. Plan of Farway Monuments. Digital.
SDV355280Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West. english Heritage. Digital. 90.

Associated Monuments

MDV10805Parent of: Barrow at Roncombe Gate Farm, Sidmouth (Monument)
MDV10806Parent of: Barrow at Roncombe Gate Farm, Sidmouth (Monument)
MDV28989Parent of: Barrow Cemetery on Gittisham Hill (Monument)
MDV10713Parent of: Barrow on B3714, Farway (Monument)
MDV10808Parent of: Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10807Parent of: Barrow on Broad Down, Southleigh (Monument)
MDV43258Parent of: Bowl barrow 320m north-west of Farway Castle, Forming Part of a Dispersed Barrow Group on Farway Hill (Monument)
MDV10694Parent of: Bowl barrow 340 metres north-west of Farway Castle, Forming Part of a Dispersed Barrow Group on Farway Hill (Monument)
MDV10691Parent of: Bowl Barrow 500m west-north-west of Ring-in-the-Mire, Forming Part of a Round Barrow Cemetery on Gittisham Hill, Gittisham (Monument)
MDV10696Parent of: Bowl Barrow North-west of Roncombe Gate, Farway (Monument)
MDV10802Parent of: Bowl Barrow North-West of Roncombe Gate, Farway (Monument)
MDV10848Parent of: Bowl Barrow North-West of Roncombe Gate, Farway (Monument)
MDV10702Parent of: Bowl Barrow on Farway Hill (Monument)
MDV10730Parent of: Bowl Barrow on Farway Hill (Monument)
MDV10701Parent of: Bowl Barrow on Farway Hill. (Monument)
MDV10693Parent of: Bowl Barrow on West Side of Seaton Road, Farway (Monument)
MDV10695Parent of: Bowl Barrow south of Farway Castle (Monument)
MDV10698Parent of: Bowl Barrow South of Farway Castle (Monument)
MDV10699Parent of: Bowl Barrow South of Farway Castle (Monument)
MDV10692Parent of: Bowl Barrow to north-west of Farway Castle (Monument)
MDV10700Parent of: Bowl Barrow to South of Farway Castle (Monument)
MDV78077Parent of: Broad Down Round Barrow Cemetery (Monument)
MDV10817Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV20257Parent of: Round Barrow on Ball Hill, Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10815Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down (Monument)
MDV10832Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down (Monument)
MDV10812Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10814Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10820Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10821Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10825Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10826Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10827Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10829Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10830Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10834Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10834Related to: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10835Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10837Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10819Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Southleigh (Monument)
MDV10690Parent of: Round Barrow on Gittisham Hill (Monument)
MDV10834Parent of: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)
MDV10834Related to: Round Barrow on Broad Down, Farway (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4766 - Monitoring of Groundworks at Roncombe Gate Farm, Sidbury
  • EDV4769 - Reassessment of the Farway Barrow Cemetery
  • EDV6789 - Survey at Farway Castle, Farway, Devon

Date Last Edited:Jul 27 2018 5:17PM