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HER Number:MDV6674
Name:BARROW in the Parish of Chagford, Dartmoor Forest


A tumulus on water hill.


Grid Reference:SX 671 812
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/91
  • Old SAM Ref: 28745(P)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=est -/-/1999 (gerrard, s. ) southern of two round cairns on the summit of water hill (mpp).

Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Cairn is one of the ancient bound marks of the dartmoor forest. First recorded in 1240 ad and known as king's oven (greeves).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV164844.

Vis=25/5/1992 (dick) as above.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=20/6/1978 (os) this is a substantial round cairn (diam 18.0m, heig 1.2m). The whole of the central area has been robbed to construct a superimposed modern boundary-cairn. This has given a 'dished' appearance to the cairn proper. Several large slabs scattered around the base of the boundary-cairn may be the remains of a destroyed cist. Set into the north east periphery is a rectangular structure, possibly a sheep-shelter, but unusually well constructed, and very old. The lower layers of stone are earthfast, and form an integral part of the cairn.

Gerrard, S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV246637.

Vis=10/6/1999 (gerrard, s. ) diam 18m, height 1.5m, 3m wide ditch. A 3m wide band of rushes on the ne side indicates the presence of a buried ditch which survive around the entire circumference. There is a slight rim around the outer edge of the mound, although this is probably the result of robbing. Large number of stones protrude through the turf but there is no evidence of recent damage. Large modern stone pile in the centre of the cairn measures 1.3m high and around 4.5m in diameter. Large slab on the south side of this pile may have originally been part of a cist. Grass, some heather and bilberry with rushes in places.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258610.

A tumulus on water hill.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV258613.

Vis=not visible on raf 1946 photos (rchm app 1985).

5/7/1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV258614.

Vis=site surveyed at 1:100 by t. Greeves + r. Robinson (5/7/1985). Plans in possession of t. Greeves.

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV258615.

Vis=estimated -/-/1992 (rchme) cairn, generally as described by os, possesses panoramic views in all quarters.

Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV258616.

Vis=it was possibly a platform cairn which has disturbed interior and an off-centre, modern, 1.6m high walkers cairn. It is, on average, 0.9m high but on the e side its height of 1.4m is caused by upcast from the pit. The origin and function of the well constructed rectangular structure is not clear although it seems to small to be a sheep shelter.

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV258617.

Vis=butler records another cairn at sx67168130, slighty to the n of this feature (rchme).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258622.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258623.

Page, w. /victoria county history of devon/1(1906)626.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258624.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)135.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258625.

Des=plan(1:100)in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258626.

Des=rchme/(1992)/duchy farms project.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258627.

Des=dick, a. M.(dcc)/(25/5/1992)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258628.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258629.

Des=gerrard, s. /(10/6/1999)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV258630.

Greeves, t. /dartmoor magazine 39/(summer 95)6-8/king arthur's oven.

BEACH + GRINSELL, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265200.

Vis=23/7/1972 (beach + grinsell) cairn crowned with modern stoneheap. In nne part is a modern stone built shelter. Siting - slope. Diameter 18m, height 1.5m.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV164844Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV246637Migrated Record: Gerrard, S..
SDV258610Migrated Record:
SDV258613Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV258614Report - Survey: 5/7/1985.
SDV258615Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV258616Report - Survey:
SDV258617Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV258622Migrated Record:
SDV258623Migrated Record:
SDV258624Migrated Record:
SDV258625Migrated Record:
SDV258626Migrated Record:
SDV258627Migrated Record:
SDV258628Migrated Record:
SDV258629Migrated Record:
SDV258630Migrated Record:
SDV265200Report - Survey: BEACH + GRINSELL.
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM