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HER Number:MDV1277
Name:No Man's Chapel Tumulus, Upton Pyne

Summary

A well preserved bowl barrow of probable early to mid-Bronze Age date is visible as an earthwork mound to the west of No Man’s Chapel, on the northern edge of the Upton Pyne barrow cemetery. The mound is clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards and digital images derived from lidar data.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 912 001
Map Sheet:SS90SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishUpton Pyne
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 36396
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS90SW/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 24
  • Old SAM Ref: 15013
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS90SW7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOWL BARROW (Early Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 1001 BC (Between))

Full description

Unknown, Thorverton Barrow 25 (Plan - measured). SDV348561.


Unknown, Thorverton Barrow 25 Profile (Plan - measured). SDV348562.


Wall, J. C., 1906, Ancient Earthworks, 573-630 (Article in Monograph). SDV341465.


Ministry of Works, 1923, No Man's Chapel Tumulus (Schedule Document). SDV345430.

No Man's Chapel Tumulus. A large barrow forming a circular mound to the north of Stevenstone. Its form has probably been altered in course of time by the processes of agriculture.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3181-3182 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

A circular mound is clearly visible as an earthwork.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1949 - 1977, SS90SW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345431.

Site visit 1949. Barrow situated in marshy field on low saddle. Diameter 35 metres, height 2 metres.
Site visit August 1967. A large bowl barrow, 2.8 metres high.


Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66185 V, OS/66185 V 246-247 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357577.

A circular mound is clearly visible as an earthwork.


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

Site visit 12th February 1980. Barrow constructed on slight rise on north side of field. Meadow very waterlogged at time of survey. Barrow slightly disfigured as a result of what are presumed to be drainage ditches running over the field. The field has not been ploughed within living memory and the barrow is preserved as a good example of the Upton Pyne Cemetery. Diameter 46.0 metres and average height 2.2 metres. Other details: Survey and profile drawn..


Unknown, 1980, Upton Pyne Barrow 25. Plan and Profile (Plan - measured). SDV348560.


Allden, A., 1981, A Study of some Devon Barrows and their Diminishing Future (Report - non-specific). SDV339662.


Grinsell, L. V., 1983, The Barrows of South and East Devon, 44 (Article in Serial). SDV337013.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/BA, 8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV336937.


Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89162, OS/89162 V 705-706 08-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356894.

A circular mound is clearly visible as an earthwork.


Department of Environment, 1991, Bowl Barrow 300m SW of Heathfield Farm (Schedule Document). SDV345432.

The monument is a bowl barrow which survives as a grass-covered earthen mound 46 metres in diameter and 2.5 metres high. There is no visible or recorded evidence that this barrow has been excavated. The barrow stands in the floor of an alluvial basin close to the gently rising ground leading to the Raddon Hills to the north.
This barrow is an isolated example lying near the northern edge of the Upton Pyne barrow group, which comprises over thirty recorded barrows dispersed about the low-lying alluvial basin north of the confluences of the River Exe with the Rivers Culm and Creedy. Within the overall group, barrows occur both as isolated examples and forming localised clusters. Grave goods and a radiocarbon date derived from the few partly-excavated barrows in the group indicated burials during the early and middle Bronze Age (around 2000-1000BC). All of the upstanding barrows in this group present the surface appearance of unditched bowl barrows, the absence of ditches being supported by aerial photographic evidence and confirmed for all examples that have been excavated.


Environment Agency, 2005-2012, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution), LIDAR SS9100 Environment Agency JPEG DTM 14-20 Feb 2012 (Cartographic). SDV357033.

A circular mound is clearly visible as an earthwork. Map object based on this source.


National Monument Record, 2007, NMR 24517, NMR 24517/22-25 23-JAN-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358056.

A circular mound is clearly visible as an earthwork.


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

Map object based on this Source.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A well preserved bowl barrow of probable early to mid-Bronze Age date is visible as an earthwork mound to the west of No Man’s Chapel, on the northern edge of the Upton Pyne barrow cemetery. The mound is clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards and digital images derived from lidar data. The visible earthwork is circa 36 metres in diameter and appears to be in good condition.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336937Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/BA. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 8.
SDV337013Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1983. The Barrows of South and East Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 44.
SDV339662Report - non-specific: Allden, A.. 1981. A Study of some Devon Barrows and their Diminishing Future. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Publication. 10. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material.
SDV341465Article in Monograph: Wall, J. C.. 1906. Ancient Earthworks. Victoria History of the County of Devon. Hardback Volume. 573-630.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV345430Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1923. No Man's Chapel Tumulus. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV345431Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1949 - 1977. SS90SW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345432Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1991. Bowl Barrow 300m SW of Heathfield Farm. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV348560Plan - measured: Unknown. 1980. Upton Pyne Barrow 25. Plan and Profile. Plan + Digital.
SDV348561Plan - measured: Unknown. Thorverton Barrow 25. Plan + Digital.
SDV348562Plan - measured: Unknown. Thorverton Barrow 25 Profile. Plan + Digital.
SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3181-3182 04-NOV-1946.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV356894Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89162. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/89162 V 705-706 08-MAY-1989.
SDV357033Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2005-2012. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SS9100 Environment Agency JPEG DTM 14-20 Feb 2012.
SDV357577Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66185 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66185 V 246-247 22-JUL-1966.
SDV358056Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 2007. NMR 24517. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR 24517/22-25 23-JAN-2007.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Apr 1 2015 11:33AM