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HER Number:MDV2005
Name:Barrow 'A' on Stoodleigh Down


Prehistoric round barrow 'A', part of the barrow cemetery on Stoodleigh Down


Grid Reference:SS 661 339
Map Sheet:SS63SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishEast and West Buckland
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST BUCKLAND

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 34592
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS63SE/5/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 539
  • Old SAM Ref: 32239
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS63SE1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUND BARROW (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 700 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The most northern of three 'Tumuli' shown as a small circular earthwork on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 14NE (Cartographic). SDV335656.

Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1964, Group of Round Barrows on Stoodleigh Down (Schedule Document). SDV345874.

Group of at least five round barrows on Stoodleigh Down of heights varying between 1 foot 6 inches (0.46 metres) to 5 foot (1.52 metres). Under pasture but having been ploughed several times during reclamation of moorland. Other details: Monument 539.

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1973, SS63SE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345876.

Group of bowl barrows within a barrow cemetery on Stoodleigh Down.
Barrow A: at SS66143399 of diameter 20 metres by 1.3 metres high. Other details: Barrow A.

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

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1999, Round Barrow Cemetery 450 metres south-west of Tossell's Barton (Schedule Document). SDV345875.

Round barrow cemetery 450 metres south-west of Tossell's Barton is situated on an upland ridge known as Stoodleigh Down overlooking the valleys of tributaries to the River Bray. The monument survives as a cluster of 12 circular mounds of varying size, each surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material to construct the barrows was derived. These ditches are all preserved as buried features from 3-4 metres wide. The mounds vary in size from 13.5 metres in diameter up to 27.2 metres. The heights of the mounds range from 0.3 metres up to 2.3 metres. The largest mound approximately at the centre of the group, has a small central depression on the summit, which measures 2.9 metres long north to south, 2 metres wide east to west and up to 0.2 metres deep. This may be the result of part excavation in antiquity. Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (circa 2000-700 BC). Despite reduction in their heights through cultivation, and very limited partial excavation of the largest barrow mound the round barrow cemetery survives well and will contain archaeological information relating to the monument as well as environmental evidence about the surrounding landscape. Other details: Monument 32239.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 34592 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345877.

A Bronze Age barrow cemetery, originally containing seven round barrows. Two have been destroyed since 1961 and one is visible as a slight rise only. The four that are visible as earthworks measure between 13.5-27.2 metres in diameter and from 0.3 - 2.3 metres in height. The largest mound is at the centre of the group and has a central depression possibly representing a past excavation.

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

'Tumulus' shown on modern mapping on the northern edge of the field.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
SDV335656Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 14NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82653 ]
SDV345874Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1964. Group of Round Barrows on Stoodleigh Down. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV345875Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1999. Round Barrow Cemetery 450 metres south-west of Tossell's Barton. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV345876Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1973. SS63SE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345877National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 34592. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 128.

Associated Monuments

MDV61295Part of: Barrow Cemetery on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)
MDV2006Related to: Barrow 'B' on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)
MDV2007Related to: Barrow 'C' on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)
MDV12081Related to: Barrow 'D' on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)
MDV12082Related to: Barrow 'E' on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)
MDV12079Related to: Barrow 'F' on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)
MDV12080Related to: Barrow 'G' on Stoodleigh Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 22 2010 2:14PM