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HER Number:MDV9001
Name:Barrow on Ideford Common


A possible barrow of Bronze Age date is visible as an earthwork mound on aerial photographs of 1946, to the north west of a track along the east-facing spur of Ideford Common, in Haldon Forest.


Grid Reference:SX 896 785
Map Sheet:SX87NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIdeford
Ecclesiastical ParishIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 446660
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NE/17
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX87NE15

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3058-3059 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

An irregularly shaped mound is visible as an earthwork.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953 - 1980, SX87NE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346325.

Site visit 17th June 1953. Barrow A. An extremely mutilated mound, 20.0 metres in diameter, 1.2 metres high. No trace of a berm or ditch. It has been dug across and into in numerous places exposing a layer of flint nodules beneath the bracken covering. This is possibly the barrow excavated in 1780, the Great Stone Heap, which was found to contain a cremation urn in a cist.

Grinsell, L. V., 1983, The Barrows of South and East Devon, 38 (Article in Serial). SDV337013.

Site visit 6th September 1981. Cairn smothered in gorse and brambles and planted with young firs. On heathland.

Dyer, M., 1996, Devon County Council Haldon Ridge Survey: Summary Report, 29 (Report - Survey). SDV290454.

Exeter Archaeology, 1996-1997, Haldon Ridge Survey Archive (Archive - Survey). SDV322182.

Site visit 7th March 1996. Not positively identified. There are a number of mounds in this area but they are possibly all the result of shallow quarrying. Gorse and heather cover dense in places.

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

Watts, S., 2011, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV346331.

Grinsell gives the location of the Great Stone Heap as SX91508238. See Monument Id. 10061.

Next Perspectives, 2015-2017, Aerial Photography for Great Britain, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX8978 08-AUG-2015 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361515.

The mound is not identifiable as an earthwork.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

An irregularly shaped mound up to approximately 33m across is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 as an earthwork to the north west of a track along the east-facing spur of Ideford Common, in Haldon Forest. There is no evidence of an enclosing mound on the available aerial photographs. The earthwork appears pale and unvegetated in 1946, the surface of the earthwork extremely irregular. The mound not readily identifiable as an earthwork on images derived from aerial photographs of 2015.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV290454Report - Survey: Dyer, M.. 1996. Devon County Council Haldon Ridge Survey: Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 96.26. A4 Stapled + Digital. 29.
SDV322182Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 1996-1997. Haldon Ridge Survey Archive. Haldon Ridge Survey Archive. Unknown.
SDV337013Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1983. The Barrows of South and East Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 38.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV346325Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953 - 1980. SX87NE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346331Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 2011. Not Applicable.
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3058-3059 13-APR-1946.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361515Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2015-2017. Aerial Photography for Great Britain. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX8978 08-AUG-2015.

Associated Monuments

MDV9002Parent of: CIST in the Parish of Ideford (Monument)
MDV79238Part of: Barrow Cemetery on Ideford Common (Monument)
MDV29043Related to: Barrow in Haldon Forest (Monument)
MDV10061Related to: Great Stone Heap, barrow north of Holloway Lane, Kenn (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Nov 30 2018 11:40AM