Three bowl barrows 180m east and 300m north east of Stowford Cross


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016657

Date first listed: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jul-1999


Ordnance survey map of Three bowl barrows 180m east and 300m north east of Stowford Cross
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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 66445 40472, SS 66528 40602

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.

Despite reduction in their height through cultivation, the three bowl barrows 180m east and 300m north east of Stowford Cross survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape.


This monument, which falls into two areas, includes three bowl barrows situated on a high upland ridge known as Bratton Down overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Bray. The southern barrow survives as a circular mound which measures 19.5m in diameter and is 0.7m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived survives as a buried feature approximately 3m wide. The central barrow mound is 18m in diameter and 0.5m high, and the northern barrow mound is 17.9m in diameter and 0.7m high. The quarry ditches of both of these barrows also survive as buried features, approximately 3m 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: 32218

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS64SE38, (1987)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS64SE39, (1987)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS64SE40, (1983)

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