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HER Number:MDV3848
Name:Bell Barrow at Heathfield, Lamerton


Bell barrow, 23.0 metres diameter and 1.0 metres high overall. Part of a barrow cemetery at Heathfield.


Grid Reference:SX 462 794
Map Sheet:SX47NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLamerton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLAMERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47NE/14
  • Old SAM Ref: 34284
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX47NE7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 143 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Gorse-covered round barrow. Appearance of raised central area may be due to disturbance followed by vegetation growth. 21.0 metres diameter, 1.0 metres high.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1983 - 2002, SX47NE7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV342375.

1. Site visit 6th October 1950. Large bell barrow with pronounced berm. In fairly good condition with faint traces of surrounding ditch. Covered by turf and bushes. 22.0 metres diameter, 1.3 metres high. The barrow has been used in the past as a trig point and the centre has been slightly despoiled.
2. Gorse-covered round barrow, 21.0 metres diameter, 1.0 metres high. Site visit by L.V. Grinsell.
3. Site visit 7th November 1983. Round barrow slightly below hilltop, apparently of flattened bell type. 23.0 metres diameter, 1.0 metres high, inclusive of a central mound, 6.0 metres diameter and 0.5 metres high. A berm about 2.0 metres to 3.0 metres wide can be indistinctly seen. Possible traces of a ditch. In good condition but covered in furze. No finds were made. Other details: Photos.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2002, Round Barrow Cemetery and Beacon at Heathfield, 650 metres West of Moorlands (Schedule Document). SDV342326.

[Part of] core of round barrow cemetery containing five bowl barrows and three bell barrows, as well as a beacon. Situated on a prominent ridge overlooking the valleys of tributaries to the Rivers Lyd, Burn and Lumburn. Two additional barrows, representing outlying components of the cemetery are situated to the west. The bell barrows each have a central mound surrounded by a flat raised platform called the berm which is surrounded by an outer ditch. See schedule document for full details.

English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 118 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.

Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems. Principal vulnerability plant growth.

English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 111 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 143.
SDV342326Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2002. Round Barrow Cemetery and Beacon at Heathfield, 650 metres West of Moorlands. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV342375Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1983 - 2002. SX47NE7. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 118.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 111.

Associated Monuments

MDV75438Part of: Prehistoric Barrow Cemetery at Heathfield (Monument)
MDV3846Related to: Round Barrow at Heathfield, Lamerton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 26 2010 10:26AM