Bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 750m SSW of West Ugworthy House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017978

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Apr-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 750m SSW of West Ugworthy House
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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: Holsworthy Hamlets

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Pyworthy

National Grid Reference: SS 31967 07316


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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 on Ugworthy Moor lying 750m SSW of West Ugworthy House survives well and is one of two substantial barrows collectively known as the Ugworthy Barrows. Archaeological and environmental information survives within these barrows, which are also prominent local landmarks. Together they will provide evidence for territorial control and land use in this part of Devon.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high ridge overlooking the valley of the Small Brook. It is the southernmost of two barrows known as Ugworthy Barrows; the other is the subject of a separate scheduling. The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 35.8m in diameter and is 2.5m high. It is surrounded on three sides by a field boundary which overlies the edge of the mound and its surrounding ditch. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature 4m wide. The boundary banks and stock proof fence are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath is included.

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: 30340

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS30NW4, (1983)

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