Bowl barrow 130m south east of St Mary's Church


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018056

Date first listed: 10-Aug-1923

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Sep-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 130m south east of St Mary's Church
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: East Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Bicton

National Grid Reference: SY 07340 85622


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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 south east of St Mary's Church survives as a very distinct monument in a commanding position. Despite some probable modification of its original form (either by landscaping or ploughing) which has elevated its profile, it will retain archaeological information about the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on the summit of a small hill which overlooks the western bank of the lower course of the River Otter; it has commanding views in all directions. The barrow survives as a flat-topped mound surmounting a near vertical rim about 2.5m in height which is found around the entire circumference. This elevated profile could be the result of earlier ploughing or a landscaping modification. The barrow is 15.5m in diameter and it displays no visible sign of having possessed an encircling ditch. Excluded from this scheduling is all fencing, a stile, and a cattle trough, although the ground beneath these features 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.


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Legacy System number: 29657

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society' in The Barrows of South and East Devon, , Vol. 41, (1983), 28

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