Bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross, forming part of a round barrow cemetery


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018527

Date first listed: 15-Feb-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross, forming part of a round barrow cemetery
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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: Buckland Brewer

National Grid Reference: SS 38520 17634

Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite reduction in its height due to cultivation, the bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross survives comparatively well and forms part of a well preserved and extensive round barrow cemetery in a prominent ridge top location. Archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed will survive in and under this mound.


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross on a high upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Torridge. It forms part of a round barrow cemetery which has clusters of barrows to the west and south west which are the subject of separate schedulings. The monument survives as a circular mound measuring 22.5m in diameter and standing up to 0.4m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a 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: 32199

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS31NE19, (1986)

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