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HER Number:MDV2315
Name:Barrow on Roborough Down


Barrow depicted on historic maps to the south of the road destroyed by construction of Roborough Aerodrome.


Grid Reference:SX 509 682
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of the World War II RAF Harrowbeer airfield, as well as medieval fields and farms, industrial tin working, sections of the Devonport and Plymouth Leats, and part of the Plymouth and Dartmoor Tramway on Roborough Down

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NW7
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439063
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/14
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX56NW7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARROW (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

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

'Tumulus' depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Tumulus' depicted on the early 20th century historic map.

Worth, R. H., 1949, 68th Report on Barrows, 54-55 (Article in Serial). SDV146939.

Roborough Down. Two earth barrows, maximum diameter 20m, south of the road leading from Freesabeer to Yelverton. They were destroyed, before recording could be done, to make Roborough Aerodrome.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1954, SX56NW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV252348.

(SX 50916826) Tumulus (NR) (Site of) (NAT). (1954)
Destroyed by airfield construction during war (C. K. C. Andrews, 1948).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 134, Buckland Monochorum 1 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

SX 5092 6828 Roborough Down.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal Air Force photos.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV146939Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1949. 68th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 81. Unknown. 54-55.
SDV252348Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1954. SX56NW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 134, Buckland Monochorum 1.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #139372 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV2316Related to: Destroyed barrow on Roborough Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 14 2022 9:20AM