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HER Number:MDV12417
Name:Bowl Barrow near Burston Cross


Oval mound to the north-east of Burston Cross believed to be a Bronze Age bowl barrow, shown as cropmark on aerial photograph in 1989. Alternative suggestion is a Civil War burial mound.


Grid Reference:SS 715 018
Map Sheet:SS70SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishZeal Monachorum
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishZEAL MONACHORUM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS70SW/21
  • Old SAM Ref: 28611

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOWL BARROW (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • BARROW? (XVII - 1643 AD to 1643 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 1277 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Bridgewater, W. R., 1981, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV57476.

Mound seen at SS716019 from the road, possibly natural.

Griffith, F. M., 1983, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343272.

This mound is still very clearly visible from the road. At present under growing crop. The mound is in a low lying area by a stream and definitely does not look natural.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343271.

Site has been ploughed again.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343270.

No cropmark of a ditch was observed here during 1984 or 1985.

Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/OQ, 8-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224846.

Griffith, F. M., 1990, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343269.

Cropmark of ditch recorded 1989. This reinforces the interpretation of this mound as a barrow.

Griffith, F. M., 1993, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343268.

Site visited with B. Coles and field walked under Autumn-sown crop. Barrow is much spread and clearly still being affected by ploughing. Height circa 2 metres, diameter circa 40-43 metres. Only two flint flakes found. A very low density compared with nearby Hampson sites. Entirely persuasive as a barrow, lying just off flood plain perhaps 4 metres above river level.

Gerrard, H., 1996, Burston Barrow, 139556 (Un-published). SDV343266.

Site visit 7th August 1995. The field in which this barrows sits had recently been ploughed at the time of the visit and numerous sherds of late medieval and post-medieval pottery, coal, slag, glass, iron, clay pipes and some flint were noted lying on the surface.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, Bowl Barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill (Schedule Document). SDV339660.

Bowl barrow situated in the valley bottom of the River Yeo. The barrow survives as an oval mound which measures 32.3 metres long from north to south by 29.7 metres wide from east to west and is 1.2 metres high. The ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the mound surrounds the barrow and is preserved as a buried feature circa 4 metres wide.

Carbonell, B. M. H. + Wauton, M., 2002, Untitled Source, 8-9 (Monograph). SDV343273.

In 1643 a skirmish took place on the west side of Bow Bridge between Parliamentary troops and Royalist forces in which the latter were defeated. Two mounds, one on each side of the road, are said to be mounds erected over the men "who fell in battle", the opposing parties buried their dead separately, and though there is no record that it was after this skirmish the mounds were made, it seem likely as they are not the older barrow type.

English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 103 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.

Extensive significant problems, ie under plough, collapse.

English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 95 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.

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

Extensive significant problems, ie under plough, collapse. Declining.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1277.
SDV224846Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/OQ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 8-9.
SDV339660Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. Bowl Barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 103.
SDV343266Un-published: Gerrard, H.. 1996. Burston Barrow. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Digital. 139556.
SDV343268Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1993.
SDV343269Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1990.
SDV343270Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1986.
SDV343271Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1984.
SDV343272Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1983.
SDV343273Monograph: Carbonell, B. M. H. + Wauton, M.. 2002. Thirteen Centuries in Bow alias Nymet Tracey with Broadnymet. A5 Paperback. 8-9.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 95.
SDV355280Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West. english Heritage. Digital. 90.
SDV57476Correspondence: Bridgewater, W. R.. 1981. Letter to Historic Environment Record. A4 single Sheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV50520Related to: Bowl barrow 140m south-east of Burston Cross, Bow (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 6 2020 3:29PM