Two bowl barrows 480m north east of Leworthy Cross, Bratton Down


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016654

Date first listed: 09-Jan-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jul-1999


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 480m north east of Leworthy Cross, Bratton Down
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: North Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Bratton Fleming

National Grid Reference: SS 66631 38983


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Reasons for Designation

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar, although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The two barrows 480m north east of Leworthy Cross, Bratton Down survive well and form part of a group recorded in this area. Despite reduction in the height of the northernmost barrow through cultivation, preservation of the archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the mound and the surrounding landscape remain. The southernmost barrow is preserved in very fine condition, and is not thought to have been disturbed.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows situated on a prominent upland ridge known as Bratton Down. They form part of a dispersed group of barrows recorded in this area. The southernmost barrow survives as a circular mound which measures 23.1m in diameter and 1.5m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived survives as a buried feature. The northernmost barrow survives as a circular mound with a diameter of 21.1m and it is 0.5m high. The surrounding ditch is preserved as a buried feature. The ditches of the two barrows merge; both are approximately 5m wide.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 32214

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS63NE17, (1982)

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