Bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation, 290m east of the Baptist chapel


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017677

Date first listed: 10-Aug-1923

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Oct-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation, 290m east of the Baptist chapel
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Ashwater

National Grid Reference: SS 40923 00546


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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 bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the mound and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a wider distribution which includes several barrows situated in this part of Devon.


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The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on a hilltop location which originally overlooked the valley of a tributary to the River Carey. The barrow forms an outlier to a group situated to the south, which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The monument survives as a circular mound which has a more prominent profile on its southern and eastern sides. It measures 17.5m in diameter and is 0.7m high. The surrounding ditch, from which material was derived to construct the mound, is preserved as a 2m wide buried feature.

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: 28648

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW4, (1983)

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