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HER Number:MDV9793
Name:Barrow North of Ashcombe Tower


A barrow of Bronze Age date, west of Greenway Lane, Ashcombe. A mound surviving as an earthwork may be indicated on digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017.


Grid Reference:SX 927 778
Map Sheet:SX97NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshcombe
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric bowl barrow and medieval boundary marker north west of Ashcombe Tower

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97NW/9
  • Pastscape: 447658

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, Copy of 1827 Estate map (Un-published). SDV311078.

Unknown, Unknown (Migrated Record). SDV1416.

Barrow not shown on the estate map of 1827 (dro).

GRINSELL + TAYLOR, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV143909.

Vis=6/9/1981 (grinsell + taylor) covered with trees and undergrowth; ditch on upper side nw of path. Robbed probably to build adjoining earth hedge.

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

Vis=16/6/1953(os) an earth mound with no sign of a berm nor a surrounding ditch. The sides of this probable bowl barrow are mutilated presumably to assist in the building of the adjacent earth hedges (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285790.


1906, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285794.

"tumulus" marked on os 6" (1906) map (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285799.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285800.

Davidson, j. B. /tda/13(1881)117/the early history of dawlish.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285801.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/41(1983)27.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285802.

Des=os 6"(1906)102sw.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285803.

Des=ea/haldon ridge survey/(9/7/1996)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285804.

Des=os 6"(1890)102sw.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285805.

Dyer, m. /dcc haldon ridge survey: summary report (1996)30/ea report 96.26.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285807.

Hooke d. /pre-conquest charter bounds of devon & cornwall/(1994).

Davidson, J. B., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV101772.

This appears to be the stan beorh, or stone barrow, which formed part of the boundary of the seven manses of land at dawlish granted to leofric, later bishop of exeter, by edward the confessor in a charter of 1044. Still in the hands of his successor, osbern at the time of domesday (davidson).

Hooke, D., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36891.

Barrow mentioned by hooke in 1994 as stanbeorgh of anglo-saxon charter of 1044 (hooke).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV79.

Vis=12/3/1996 (ea) substantial mound 2m high. Generally well preserved on n side, s side appears to have been truncated. Recent erosion on the sw side has exposed core of brown + yellow sand containing sandstone pieces (up to 15cm) and flint (up to 10cm), also black staining mixed with yellow sand.

Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX9277 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A mound is indicated 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.

The presence of an oval mound may be indicated as an earthwork on digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. The location of the mound is obscured from view by dense tree cover on the aerial photographs available to the survey. The tree cover has resulted in highly processed lidar coverage in this location, but it might be possible to infer the presences of an oval mound circa 14m by 12m in size from the lidar derived images.
Further fieldwork is recommended to confirm the presence and condition of any earthwork in this location.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV101772Migrated Record: Davidson, J. B..
SDV1416Migrated Record: Unknown. Unknown. Devon Record Office Collection. Unknown.
SDV143909Report - Survey: GRINSELL + TAYLOR.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV285790Migrated Record:
SDV285794Migrated Record: 1906.
SDV285799Migrated Record:
SDV285800Migrated Record:
SDV285801Migrated Record:
SDV285802Migrated Record:
SDV285803Migrated Record:
SDV285804Migrated Record:
SDV285805Migrated Record:
SDV285807Migrated Record:
SDV311078Un-published: Unknown. Copy of 1827 Estate map. A4 Stapled + Digital.
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
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX9277 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #114994 ]
SDV36891Migrated Record: Hooke, D..
SDV79Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

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:Jan 30 2019 5:17PM