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HER Number:MDV1284
Name:Bowl Barrow near Fordy Bridge, Thorverton

Summary

A barrow of probable Bronze Age date is visible on aerial photographs and digital images derived from lidar data as cropmark and slight earthwork mound. It is one of three monuments visible on an east to west ridge to the south of Fordy Bridge, Thorverton.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 915 009
Map Sheet:SS90SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishThorverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHORVERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS90SW/44
  • Old SAM County Ref: 401C
  • Old SAM Ref: 32231
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS90SW 5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1964, Three Barrows 700 Yards South of Poole Farm (Schedule Document). SDV343252.

Site visits October 1959 and April 1964. Barrow, 90 feet diameter, 3 feet high, ploughed. Other details: Plan, Barrow C.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1967 - 1977, SS90SW5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV343250.

Site visit 23rd October 1967. A well defined mound, 1.0 metre high, probably a barrow.
Site visit June 1976. Not at all observed from road to east. Under crop.
Revisited - as recorded - seen after removal of grain crop. Other details: Plan, site C.


Fox, A., 1969, The Upton Pyne Cemetery, 78 (Article in Serial). SDV341856.

Other details: Barrow 27.


Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 128 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Site visit 10th May 1969. Diameter 33 paces, height 3 feet.


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

Site visit February 1980. Situated on gentle scarp. Ploughed down. Grassed. Diameter approximately 34 metres and height 0.6 metres. Survey and profile drawn.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/BA, 7a (Aerial Photograph). SDV336937.


Robinson, R., 1987 - 2000, Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project (Un-published). SDV342165.

Site visit 15th January 1991. Low mound visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1988, OS/88059 V, OS/88059 V 17-18 25-APR-1988 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358058.

A circular cropmark of a ditch is visible. Map object based partly on this source.


Unknown, 1990, Thorverton barrow 27 (Plan - measured). SDV348565.


Environment Agency, 1998-2012, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution), LIDAR SS9100 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 14-20 Feb 2012 (Cartographic). SDV357034.

An earthwork mound is visible. Map object based partly on this source.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1999, Three Bowl Barrows 620 Metres South-east of Fordy Bridge (Schedule Document). SDV343254.

One of three bowl barrows situated on a ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Exe which survive as three circular mounds of varying size in a linear arrangement aligned roughly east to west. Each mound has a surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the barrow was derived, all three ditches survive as 3 metres wide buried features. the easternmost mound measures 34.8 metres in diameter and 0.9 metres high.


Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

A smaller circular pale cropmark of a levelled mound is visible.


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

Extensive significant problems, ie under plough, collapse. Principal vulnerability arable ploughing.


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


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

A barrow of probable Bronze Age date is visible on aerial photographs and digital images derived from lidar data as cropmark and slight earthwork mound. It is one of three monuments visible on an east to west ridge to the south of Fordy Bridge, Thorverton.
The mound is visible as a slightly irregularly shaped earthwork approximately 29 metres in diameter. The slightly squared off shape of the mound, as visible on images derived from lidar, might support the interpretation that the mound has been slightly damaged by agricultural activity such as ploughing. That the mound has been spread might be supported by images of 2006 that show a pale roughly circular cropmark circa 18 metres in diameter. This central mound was enclosed by a ditch visible as a cropmark up to 10 metres wide and 30 metres in diameter.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336937Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/BA. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7a.
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material.
SDV341856Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1969. The Upton Pyne Cemetery. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 27. Paperback Volume. 78.
SDV342165Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1987 - 2000. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. A4 Unbound.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 103.
SDV343250Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1967 - 1977. SS90SW5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV343252Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1964. Three Barrows 700 Yards South of Poole Farm. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV343254Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1999. Three Bowl Barrows 620 Metres South-east of Fordy Bridge. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 95.
SDV348565Plan - measured: Unknown. 1990. Thorverton barrow 27. Plan + Digital.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV357034Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2012. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SS9100 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 14-20 Feb 2012.
SDV358058Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1988. OS/88059 V. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). OS/88059 V 17-18 25-APR-1988.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 128.

Associated Monuments

MDV1251Related to: Bowl Barrow near Fordy Bridge, Thorverton (Monument)
MDV1268Related to: Bowl Barrow near Fordy Bridge, Thorverton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2015 11:05AM