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HER Number:MDV1687
Name:Bowl Barrow 290 metres north-east of Eworthy Cross, Germansweek


A bowl barrow on an upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Wolf. No longer easily visible and cut by hedge bank on the east side.


Grid Reference:SX 448 954
Map Sheet:SX49NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGermansweek
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGERMANSWEEK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX49NW/9
  • Old SAM Ref: 34276

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX49NW11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV344140.

Ploughed down round barrow with no trace of surrounding ditch. Probably of bowl type, situated on east side of an arable field with its eastern side touching the stone hedge. Diameter approximately 24.6 metres, height 0.5 metres. Site visit 27th April 1951.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 139 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 1979 - 1981, North Devon Barrow Survey, DCRA ND101 (Archive - Survey). SDV341310.

Site visit 29th November 1979. Diameter 21.7 metres, height 0.41 metres. Low mound in pasture. No longer easily visible and cut by stone wall on east. No visible ditch. Poor condition.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, Bowl Barrow 375 Metres North-east of Higher Eworthy (Schedule Document). SDV344142.

This monument includes a bowl barrow on an upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Wolf. The monument includes an oval mound measuring 24.7 metres long from north to south by 23.6 metres wide from east to west and 0.5 metres high. A surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature measuring approximately 3 metres in width. A field boundary crosses the ditch of the barrow on its eastern side; this boundary is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 438248 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV344141.

A bowl barrow located on an upland ridge, north east of Higher Eworthy.
There is now no trace of this barrow and the farmer has no knowledge of it, or its destruction. The field is under crop (citing Ordnance Survey field investigator's comments 27th April 1974).

Rob Dixon, 2013, Site visit (Personal Comment). SDV351379.

The barrow is cut by a hedgebank on the east side, not a stone wall. The whole field appears to have been reseeded about a year ago.

Ashbrook, K., 23/04/1978, Scheduled Barrows, Halwill Parish, Devon (Correspondence). SDV357058.

Letter reporting the disgraceful condition of a number of barrows, both scheduled and unscheduled, which have been damaged or destroyed including a barrow in Germansweek Parish at SX449955 which has been almost eradicated by ploughing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 139.
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. DCRA ND101.
SDV344140Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX49NW11. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV344141National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 438248. National Monuments Record Index. Website.
SDV344142Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. Bowl Barrow 375 Metres North-east of Higher Eworthy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled. [Mapped feature: #81916 ]
SDV351379Personal Comment: Rob Dixon. 2013. Site visit.
SDV357058Correspondence: Ashbrook, K.. 23/04/1978. Scheduled Barrows, Halwill Parish, Devon. Letter to The Baroness Birk. Letter + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4415 - Devon Barrow Survey

Date Last Edited:Oct 4 2018 12:17PM