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HER Number:MDV3856
Name:Round Barrow at Heathfield, Lamerton


Flat-topped barrow, 25.0 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres high with remains of a ditch around the northern half. The south-eastern side of the barrow has been despoiled. A rim around the perimeter of the mound may be a later addition. Part of 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/22
  • Old SAM Ref: 34284
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX47NE4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUND 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.

Site visit 13th June 1971. Round barrow located in rough pasture. 22.0 metres diameter, 0.7 metres high.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1983 - 2002, SX47NE4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV342332.

1. Site visit 6th October 1950. A large grass covered mound situated in a small field used for pasture. Steeply banked and well-defined sides giving it the appearance of a circular platform. Diameter 25.0 metres, height 1.0 metres. There are traces of a shallow ditch about 1.0 metres wide around the greater part of the mound. The top of the mound is rather hummocky and despoiled on the southern side. A small trial hole produced only dark loam so it seems unlikely to have been used as a beacon.
2. Round barrow 22.0 metres diameter by 0.7 metres high. Site visit by L.V. Grinsell.
3. Site visit 7th November 1983. Flat-topped platform barrow on hilltop within an area of enclosed common. 25.0 metres diameter and 0.8 metres high, the southeast side cut back about 4.0 metres for the removal of earth and stone. A ditch 1.8 metres wide and 0.1 metres deep can be traced around the northern half accompanied by a slight bank forming a rim at the perimeter of the mound. This is approximately 1.7 metres wide and 0.1 metres high and appears to be a later addition (possibly for a tree ring) In fair condition. No finds. Other details: Plan.

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

[Part of] the core of a round barrow cemetery containing five bowl barrows and three bell barrows. Situated on a prominent upland ridge which overlooks the valleys of the tributaries to the Rivers Lyd, Burn and Lumburn. Two additional barrows, representing outlying components of the cemetery are situated to the west and are separately listed. 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.

Knight, S., 2009, Westcott Farm (Personal Comment). SDV342323.

Covered with scrub and probably contains a badger set. Other details: Photos.

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.
SDV342323Personal Comment: Knight, S.. 2009. Westcott Farm. A4 Single Sheet.
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.
SDV342332Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1983 - 2002. SX47NE4. 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)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4502 - Site Visit to Westcott Farm

Date Last Edited:Aug 26 2010 10:24AM