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HER Number:MDV360
Name:Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor

Summary

Bowl barrow to north of Three Oaks, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Darracott Moor. Bisected by road (though visible as a bump when driving along it), with greater part lying to west.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 520 213
Map Sheet:SS52SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishGREAT TORRINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS52SW/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 763A
  • Old SAM Ref: 13601
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS52SW 2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOWL BARROW (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Doe, G., 1884, Report on Barrows, 124-6 (Article in Serial). SDV339152.


Doe, G., 1899, Report on Barrows, 99-100 (Article in Serial). SDV339162.

Visited on 26th June 1899. Excavated. The highway passes over it so it may have been disturbed during road making, and only charcoal and some burnt matter which may have been a burial was found. Barrow composed of clay.


Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 104-34 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.


Doe, G. M., 1939, Address of the President, 47 (Article in Serial). SDV14615.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953 - 1978, SS52SW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV343702.

Barrow divided by road, west portion under grass, east part under fern and bramble. No trace of ditch. Has superficial appearance of long barrow, but disproved by survey. Other details: Plan.


Department of Environment, 1970, Four Round Barrows on Darracott Moor (Schedule Document). SDV343703.

Barrow, (alongside B3232 road) 60 feet in diameter, 2 feet high, and is cut by a ditch for a hedgebank on the road side. Other details: Map, barrow a.


Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 119 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Visited on 6th April 1969. Rough grazing. Barrow cut by road. Diameter 30 paces, height 3.5 feet.


Timms, S. C., 1981, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV339164.

Field drains have been stacked along the hedge, presumably in advance of the agricultural improvement of the land on the south-east side of the road. Other details: Slide in HER.


Department of Environment, 1991, Round Barrow to the East of Darracott Moor, crossed by the B3232 (Schedule Document). SDV5485.

This round barrow is 35 metres in diameter and stands 1.05 metres high. As the barrow has been affected by ploughing in the past any ditch may have been obscured and the barrow may be broader and lower than originally constructed. It is at present under grass and is bisected by the B3232 road. The greater part of the barrow lies to the west of the road and a smaller part to the east. The mound is built of clay and when partially excavated in the last century, charcoal and the possible remains of a cremation burial were found. The length of the road which crosses the barrow and the road boundaries are excluded from the scheduling, but the barrow beneath, which shows clearly as a hump in the road, is included. The barrow is one of a small dispersed group which have demonstrated considerable potential for the preservation of environmental evidence both of a contemporary kind as well as of the pre-barrow ground surface.


Turton, S. D., 1992, Archaeological Assessment of Deep Moor Pipeline, Great Torrington, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV338510.


Griffith, F. M., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV339165.

This monument is still visible as a substantial earthwork. The western part appears to have been subjected to vigorous cultivation and appears truncated. At present under grass. The eastern half preserves a more 'normal' profile, and extends circa 9 metres into the field to the east of the road. This field is now under semi-improved grass, but appears not to be regularly cultivated.


Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.

Other details: Great Torrington 3.


Oxford Archaeotechnics Ltd, 1997, Deepmoor Landfill Extension, Great Torrington, 11 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV339166.

A curvilinear feature revealed during a geophysical survey in 1997 may have been part of the barrow ditch.


Exeter Archaeology, 1998, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Extension at Deep Moor Landfill Site, Great Torrington, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV336178.

Other details: Fig 9.


Manning, P. T., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Wind Farm Site at Darracott, Great Torrington, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV336228.


Young, A., 2005, Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Cartographic). SDV321540.

Transcriptions of a bank correspond to the grid reference for PRN167392.


Young, A. & Turner, S., 2005-2006, North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records, PRN167392 (Interpretation). SDV358473.

The remains of a barrow are visible on aerial photographs (p1) as a small sub-circular earthwork mound, cut along its SE edge by the B3232. It has been digitally plotted as part of the National Mapping Programme.
Photograph reference:
1. RAF CPE/UK 2521 3060-4 22-MAR-1948


Slatcher, D., 2007, Deep Moor IVC: Desk Based Assessment, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV339133.

Barrow surviving as an earthwork and forming part of a prehistoric barrow cemetery on Darracott Moor. Other details: Appendix.


English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 115 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.


English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 107 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.


2014, Deep Moor Waste Management Facility: Development of an Energy Park. Environmental Statement - Chapter 10 Cultural Heritage (Report - Assessment). SDV356652.

The barrow exists as a mound beneath the road, and is visible as a bump when driving along it.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Earthworks are shown in this location.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV14615Article in Serial: Doe, G. M.. 1939. Address of the President. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A5 Hardback. 47.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 104-34.
SDV319515Undergraduate Dissertation: Bayer, O. J.. 1996. Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location. University of Leicester Dissertation. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV321540Cartographic: Young, A.. 2005. Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project. Plot of Cropmarks. Digital.
SDV336178Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1998. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Extension at Deep Moor Landfill Site, Great Torrington. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.06. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV336228Report - Assessment: Manning, P. T.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Wind Farm Site at Darracott, Great Torrington. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.78. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV338510Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 1992. Archaeological Assessment of Deep Moor Pipeline, Great Torrington. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 92.61. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV339133Report - Assessment: Slatcher, D.. 2007. Deep Moor IVC: Desk Based Assessment. RPS Leeds Report. DLE 1052. Digital. 4.
SDV339152Article in Serial: Doe, G.. 1884. Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 16. A5 Hardback. 124-6.
SDV339162Article in Serial: Doe, G.. 1899. Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 31. A5 Hardback. 99-100.
SDV339164Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1981.
SDV339165Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1995.
SDV339166Report - Geophysical Survey: Oxford Archaeotechnics Ltd. 1997. Deepmoor Landfill Extension, Great Torrington. Oxford Archaeotechnics Report. 1301097/DED/DWM. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 115.
SDV343702Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953 - 1978. SS52SW2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV343703Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1970. Four Round Barrows on Darracott Moor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 107.
SDV356652Report - Assessment: 2014. Deep Moor Waste Management Facility: Development of an Energy Park. Environmental Statement - Chapter 10 Cultural Heritage. SLR Consulting. 402.0113.00040. Digital.
SDV358473Interpretation: Young, A. & Turner, S.. 2005-2006. North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records. Cornwall Council Report. Digital. PRN167392.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88858 ]
SDV5485Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1991. Round Barrow to the East of Darracott Moor, crossed by the B3232. The Schedule of Monuments. A3 Stapled.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 119.

Associated Monuments

MDV358Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor (Monument)
MDV359Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor (Monument)
MDV361Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor, Great Torrington (Monument)
MDV67692Related to: Deep Moor, Field Boundary (Monument)
MDV14663Related to: Eastern Barrow on Darracott Moor, Huntshaw (Monument)
MDV12459Related to: Possible Barrow, Darracott Moor, Great Torrington (Monument)
MDV356Related to: Western Barrow on Darracott Moor, Huntshaw (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4280 - Deep Moor IVC
  • EDV7455 - Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Jan 8 2018 10:56AM