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HER Number:MDV5595
Name:Barrow southeast of Elworthy Cross


Prehistoric bowl barrow to the southeast of Elworthy Cross one of a linear group of four.


Grid Reference:SS 849 154
Map Sheet:SS81NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWitheridge
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWITHERIDGE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 35611
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS81NW/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 472
  • Old SAM Ref: 32209
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS81NW6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1970, SS81NW6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341969.

Tumulus 'A': Furze covered ditchless round barrow, flat-topped and 0.6 metres high. Situated in un-reclaimed moorland.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 129 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Visited on 25th May 1958. Boggy moor. Mound broad and flat, diameter 28 paces, height 1.5 feet.

Department of Environment, 1974, Four Round Barrows near Elworthy Cross (Schedule Document). SDV341912.

Four round barrows near Elworthy Cross. Barrow (d) opened and spread. Other details: Monument 472.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SS8515:SF 1520, 159 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341971.

Clearly visible on aerial photograph although the surrounding area, and indeed the barrow itself, appear to have been subjected to 'reclamation' as there are furrows visible across it. Other details: Copy in HER.

Weston, S., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV343247.

Gerrard, H., 1998, MPP/149847 (Un-published). SDV341967.

At SS84941544. Bowl barrow 220 metres southeast of Elworthy Cross.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1999, Bowl barrow 225 metres southeast of Elworthy Cross (Schedule Document). SDV341968.

Monument includes a bowl barrow on the prominent ridge known as Witheridge Moor. One of a group of four barrows surviving as a circular mound 28.8 metres diameter by 0.7 metres high. The surrounding ditch survives as a buried feature approximately 5 metres wide. Other details: Monument 32209.

Dean, R., 2008, Pilliven Farm, Witheridge: Results of an Archaeological Gradiometer Survey, 26 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV341916.

Other details: Appendix D.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 35611 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346400.

Two Bronze Age bowl barrows on Witheridge Moor, part of a group. This western barrow is 28.8 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high.

Payne, S., 2011, Farm Environment Plan Survey Visit (Personal Comment). SDV348588.

Site visit to Witheridge Moor to survey targeted areas for Farm Environment Plan. Survey revealed the barrow was not in good condition. Some scrub on top and animal burrow damage. Also, according to the site manager, a small 'latrine' was dug into the south side in 2011 by 'travellers' parked in a lay-by at Five Crosses.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Tumulus' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341912Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1974. Four Round Barrows near Elworthy Cross. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV341916Report - Geophysical Survey: Dean, R.. 2008. Pilliven Farm, Witheridge: Results of an Archaeological Gradiometer Survey. Southwest Archaeology Report. 080318-WPF08. A4 Stapled + Digital. 26.
SDV341967Un-published: Gerrard, H.. 1998. MPP/149847. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown.
SDV341968Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1999. Bowl barrow 225 metres southeast of Elworthy Cross. The Schedule of Monuments. Letter.
SDV341969Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1970. SS81NW6. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV341971Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SS8515:SF 1520. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 159.
SDV343247Un-published: Weston, S.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #95384 ]
SDV346400National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 35611. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV348588Personal Comment: Payne, S.. 2011. Farm Environment Plan Survey Visit. Digital.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 129.

Associated Monuments

MDV1138Related to: Barrow southwest of Elworthy Cross (Monument)
MDV1147Related to: Bowl Barrow on Witheridge Moor (Monument)
MDV1148Related to: Bowl Barrow on Witheridge Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4449 - Gradiometer Survey at Pilliven Farm, Witheridge
  • EDV5688 - Field Survey, Witheridge Moor

Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2011 3:57PM