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HER Number:MDV7082
Name:Barrow in the Parish of Churchstow


There is a tumulus to the north of sorley (vch).


Grid Reference:SX 728 470
Map Sheet:SX74NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChurchstow
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST ALVINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric barrow north west of Higher Warcombe Cross

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74NW/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

Ploughing has reduced the mound to a slight swelling on a south west slope. The feature is no longer recognisable as a barrow. When seen in jan 1953 it was approx 35m diam and 500mm high (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV156873.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV156875.

Vch/devon 1/(1906)626.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV156877.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/41(1983)31.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV156878.

Des=snell, r. /green lanes in devon project/(1986).

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

The barrow was largely destroyed in 1818 by labourers digging for road material (hawkins). Vis=20/12/1961 (os). Reduced by ploughing to a slight swelling. Visited by j. Cranch + j. Cowling of kingsbridge, following looting for road metal august 1818: remains of stone cist approx 5ft long and fragments of an urn which probably came from it (os). Vis=-/-/1986 (snell). Tumulus, ploughed out. Vis=27/7/1986 (os). This barrow, depicted on the os 25" (1964) as 'tumulus, site of', cannot be identified in standing corn and is now most probably ploughed out. The hillslope has been intensively cultivated and a hedge adjacent to the site has been grubbed out (os).

VCH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV25034.

There is a tumulus to the north of sorley (vch).

Hawkins, A., 1819, Kingsbridge and Salcombe (Monograph). SDV156874.

Hawkins, a. /tda/17(1885)127-8.

Worth, R. N., 1885, 7th Report of the Barrow Committee, 127-8 (Article in Serial). SDV156876.

On lands of Jonathan Hayne and about half a kilometre north east of the clump of firs at Sorley Green, a barrow was found when labourers were digging material for repairing the road. Stones standing on their edge, fine earth inside. They destroyed it. Some fragments of an urn later recovered.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

There is no obvious earthwork or cropmark evidence of this barrow on the available aerial imagery consulted during this survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV156873Migrated Record:
SDV156874Monograph: Hawkins, A.. 1819. Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
SDV156875Migrated Record:
SDV156876Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1885. 7th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 17. A5 Hardback. 127-8.
SDV156877Migrated Record:
SDV156878Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV25034Migrated Record: VCH.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Feb 21 2020 11:38AM