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HER Number:MDV4646
Name:Barrow north of Lydford


Large circular barrow at the north end of the village, at the junction of the Coryton and Bridestowe roads. The sitename and position of this feature indicates it may have been the site of the village gallows.


Grid Reference:SX 512 852
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58NW17
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440561
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NW/10
  • Old SAM County Ref: 16

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1879, Lydford and its Castle, 297 (Article in Serial). SDV336870.

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

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

National Monuments Record, 19/04/1982, SF2113, 27 (Aerial Photograph). SDV234683.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 2386 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1974, SX58NW17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234680.

(19/10/1950) A large bowl barrow 35 metres in diameter and 1.6 metres high, with no trace of a ditch. It is turf covered and very well preserved.
(07/10/1974) No change. Resurveyed at 1:2500.

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

(Visited 26/4/1973) Round barrow. Diameter 34 metres, height 3.0 metres.

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

Recorded in survey.

English Heritage, 1988, Gallows Hill (Schedule Document). SDV234676.

A large circular tumulus at the north end of the village, at the junction of the Coryton and Bridestowe roads; probably the site of ancient gallows. (1923?)
A fine prominent circular flat-topped mound in a pasture field situated in the fork between two old lanes. Height 1.2 metres and diameter 35 metres. Site traditionally the position of the village gallows but has every appearance of a round barrow. (1981)

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2386.
SDV234676Schedule Document: English Heritage. 1988. Gallows Hill. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV234680Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1974. SX58NW17. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV234683Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 19/04/1982. SF2113. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 27.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 143.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336870Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1879. Lydford and its Castle. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 11. A5 Paperback. 297.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92754 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV49056Related to: Lydford, Gallows Hills (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 27 2021 2:02PM