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HER Number:MDV61
Name:Round Barrow South-West of Gorvin, Hartland


Round barrow 32.5 metres in diameter and 1.4 metres high, with surrounding ditch. Forms part of an aligned group.


Grid Reference:SS 284 193
Map Sheet:SS21NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 149838
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS21NE/501
  • Old SAM County Ref: 700
  • Old SAM Ref: 32201
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS21NE9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 27SE (Cartographic). SDV335714.

Round barrow, south of West Gorwin Plantation.

Ancient Monuments, 1968, Round Barrow South of West Gorvin Plantation (Schedule Document). SDV341230.

Round barrow in field of pasture. Spread by cultivation. Height 4 feet, diameter 40 yards. Faint trace of a berm. Scattering of small stones on the circumference, presumably the remains of a peristalith.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 121 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Site visit 5th April 1968. Grass. Diameter 30 paces, height 4 feet.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977 - 2001, SS21NE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV8080.

1. Bowl barrow under grass.
2. Site visit 16th October 1977. Situated on a south-facing slope at 183 metres Ordnance Datum. Grass covered bowl barrow, no evidence of ditch. Approximately 37 metres diameter and 1.1 metres high.

Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 1979 - 1981, North Devon Barrow Survey, DCRA ND47 (Archive - Survey). SDV341310.

Site visit 2nd May 1979. Large mound in pasture field. Slightly flattish top probbly due to ploughing, not an original feature. Good condition. No visible ditch or berm.

Allden, A., 1981, A Study of some Devon Barrows and their Diminishing Future, ND47 (Report - non-specific). SDV339662.

Horner, B., 1996, Barrow (Personal Comment). SDV341233.

Barrow as seen by Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Field Survey Officer, although possibly slightly lower in height. Forms part of an aligned group.

Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location, Hartland 17+27 (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.

Gerrard, H., 1998, Round Barrow 680m SW of Gorvin Farm, 149838 (Un-published). SDV8084.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1999, Bowl Barrow 680m South West of Gorvin (Schedule Document). SDV339665.

Bowl barrow situated on an upland ridge overlooking the balley of a tributary of the River Torridge and forms part of a group of barrows recorded in this area. The barrow survives as a 1.4 metre high circular mound with a diameter of 32.5 metres. Surrounding ditch survives as a buried feature approximately 4 metres wide.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Tumulus marked.

Sources / Further Reading

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. Hartland 17+27.
SDV335714Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 27SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV339662Report - non-specific: Allden, A.. 1981. A Study of some Devon Barrows and their Diminishing Future. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Publication. 10. A4 Stapled + Digital. ND47.
SDV339665Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1999. Bowl Barrow 680m South West of Gorvin. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV341230Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1968. Round Barrow South of West Gorvin Plantation. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV341233Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1996. Barrow. Not Applicable.
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. DCRA ND47.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96727 ]
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 121.
SDV8080Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977 - 2001. SS21NE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV8084Un-published: Gerrard, H.. 1998. Round Barrow 680m SW of Gorvin Farm. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Digital. 149838.

Associated Monuments

MDV102747Related to: Barrow south of West Gorvin Plantation (Monument)
MDV62Related to: Bowl Barrow north-north-west of West Greadon, Hartland (Monument)
MDV11610Related to: Bowl Barrow North-West of Gorvin Farm, Hartland (Monument)
MDV11608Related to: Bowl Barrow south-west of Gorvin, Hartland (Monument)
MDV12405Related to: Bowl Barrow to north-west of Gorvin, Hartland (Monument)
MDV7128Related to: Bowl Barrow west of Gorvin Cross, Hartland (Monument)
MDV11609Related to: Bowl Barrows north-west of Gorvin Farm, Hartland (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4415 - Devon Barrow Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 4 2014 3:15PM