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HER Number:MDV7116
Name:Bowl Barrow at Highermoor Cross, Pancrasweek


One of a row of five bowl barrows, three of which including this one, are scheduled. Situated on the west side of the road south of Highermoor Cross. The barrow is oval, about 34 by 27 metres diameter and has been somewhat flattened by ploughing. Part of the ditch is visible on the south-west side.


Grid Reference:SS 295 066
Map Sheet:SS20NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishPancrasweek
Ecclesiastical ParishPANCRASWEEK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS20NE/503
  • Old SAM Ref: 34273
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS20NE4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOWL BARROW (LANEBA to Late Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Unknown, Glebe Cottage and its Six Acres of Glebe Land (Cartographic). SDV344112.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Tumuli' shown.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1952 - 1977, SS20NE4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV344110.

Site visit 31st October 1977. One of a group of three bowl barrows under pasture situated on a flattish hilltop. Barrow A: a bowl barrow 38.0 metres in diameter and 1.3 metres high with a trace of a ditch on its south-west side, 9.0 metres wide and 0.2 metres deep.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 126 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Site visit 7th April 1969. Arable and under corn, not measured precisely. Diameter approximately 25 paces, height approximately 3 feet.

Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 1979 - 1981, North Devon Barrow Survey, DCRA ND3 (Archive - Survey). SDV341310.

Site visit 20th November 1979. Diameter 34.0 metres, height 1.10 metres. Big mound in pasture. Somewhat flattened by ploughing. Signs of ditch but not as wide as Ordnance Survey suggests. Good condition.

Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location, Pancrasweek 1, 53-4, Fig. 15, Photos 15-16 (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, Three Bowl Barrows 240 Metres South-east of Highermoor (Schedule Document). SDV344111.

This monument includes three bowl barrows in an approximately east to west alignment situated on an upland ridge forming the watershed between the valleys of the River Tamar and the Small Brook. Each barrow includes a mound surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material was derived during its construction. Part of the ditch of the westernmost barrow is visible to the south-west where it survives as a 3.1 metres wide and up to 0.2 metres deep feature; elsewhere it is buried like the others in the group. The western mound is oval in shape and measures 33.8 metres long south-west to north-east by 28.6 metres wide north-west to south-east and is 1.3 metres high. The western barrow is partially overlain by a field boundary across its ditch on the north-western side. This field boundary is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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

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. Pancrasweek 1, 53-4, Fig. 15, Photos 15-16.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. DCRA ND3.
SDV344110Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1952 - 1977. SS20NE4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344111Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. Three Bowl Barrows 240 Metres South-east of Highermoor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled. [Mapped feature: #99633 ]
SDV344112Cartographic: Unknown. Glebe Cottage and its Six Acres of Glebe Land. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 126.

Associated Monuments

MDV7117Related to: Bowl Barrow at Highermoor Cross, Pancrasweek (Monument)
MDV7118Related to: Bowl Barrow at Highermoor Cross, Pancrasweek (Monument)
MDV60124Related to: Possible Barrow at Highermoor, Pancrasweek (Monument)
MDV76199Related to: Possible Barrow Near Highermoor Cross (Monument)
MDV76198Related to: Possible Barrow to South-east of Highermoor Cross (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4415 - Devon Barrow Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 1 2014 4:09PM