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HER Number:MDV5629
Name:Barrow to north-east of Halwill Junction

Summary

Eastern of two barrows in a field to the north-east of Halwill Junction which has been cut through by a hedge running from north-south. It survives as a mound about 33 metres diameter and up to 1.65 metres high.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 445 003
Map Sheet:SS40SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHalwill
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHALWILL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 32798
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS40SW/11
  • Old SAM County Ref: 71
  • Old SAM Ref: 28643
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS40SW7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1978, SS40SW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV2172.

A bowl barrow partly destroyed on east side where it is cut into by large hedgebank. Diameter 28.5 metres by height 1.4 metres. No evidence of ditch. Second of two barrows standing in pasture field and probably safe from further ploughing for some time to come. Bowl type barrow, fairly well preserved, although edges have spread a little in ploughing. Eastern extremity lies under a stone hedge and the ditch has been dug through the barrow. No trace of surrounding ditch.


Ministry of Works, 1958, 3 Barrows near Halwill Junction (Schedule Document). SDV339112.

Barrow C. One of three barrows near Halwill Junction. Barrow 88 feet diameter by height 3 feet 6 inches and crossed by a hedgebank. None of these mounds appear to have been opened. The barrow was ploughed in the war. Other details: Monument 71.


Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 110 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Under grass. This and a second barrow, and Great Halwill Barrow gave the name to Dreybury Farm to the east. Three barrows on early 19th century map Diameter 30 paces, height 5 feet.


Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 1979 - 1981, North Devon Barrow Survey, DCRA ND84 (Archive - Survey). SDV341310.

Site visited on 27th September and 28th November 1979. Diameter 26.9 metres, height 1.16 metres. Hedge running north to south over mound. Spread at edges, but otherwise still intact. Grass covered, no visible ditch, fair condition.


Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location, Beaworthy 2 (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997, Three Barrows including Great Halwill Barrow north of Halwill Junction (Schedule Document). SDV339111.

The monument, which falls into three areas of protection, includes three bowl barrows located on a high ridge which forms the watershed between the tributaries of the River Carey to the west, and those of the River Torridge to the east. Most spurs along the ridges in this area are rich in barrows, which indicates that the area was the focus of ritual activity in the past. The three barrows are aligned west-south-west to east-north-east. The eastern barrow survives as a 33 metres diameter circular mound standing up to 1.65 metres high. A substantial field boundary bank crosses the mound from north to south on its eastern side and the ditch associated with this boundary has partly cut into the mound. Surrounding all three mounds, though now cut away on the western side of the westernmost mound, were ditches from which material was quarried during their construction. These have become infilled over the years but now survive as buried features 2 metres wide. All fences and fenceposts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included. Other details: Monument 28643.


Exeter Archaeology, 2004, Summary Archaeological Assessment of the Proposed Site of the new Primary School, Halwill Junction, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV1968.


National Monuments Record, 2011, 32798 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346416.

Two bowl barrows located on a high ridge. The eastern barrow survives as a 33 metre diameter circular mound standing up to 1.65 metres high. Surrounding the mounds are quarry ditches which survive as buried features 2 metres wide


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

Eastern of two 'Tumuli' shown on modern mapping with the eastern side cut by the field boundary.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1968Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. Summary Archaeological Assessment of the Proposed Site of the new Primary School, Halwill Junction. Exeter Archaeology Report. 04.02. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV2172Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1978. SS40SW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. Beaworthy 2.
SDV339111Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1997. Three Barrows including Great Halwill Barrow north of Halwill Junction. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV339112Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1958. 3 Barrows near Halwill Junction. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. DCRA ND84.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #95526 ]
SDV346416National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 32798. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 110.

Associated Monuments

MDV5630Related to: Barrow to north-east of Halwill Junction (Monument)
MDV5592Related to: Great Halwill Barrow (Monument)
MDV71053Related to: Halwill/Beaworthy Parish Boundary (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4415 - Devon Barrow Survey

Date Last Edited:Sep 1 2014 11:35AM