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Leawood Plantation barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Bridestowe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6735 / 50°40'24"N

Longitude: -4.1032 / 4°6'11"W

OS Eastings: 251481.052868

OS Northings: 88087.246227

OS Grid: SX514880

Mapcode National: GBR NY.6V5Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 2799.78F

Entry Name: Leawood Plantation barrow

Scheduled Date:

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002509

English Heritage Legacy ID: DV 410

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bridestowe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bridestowe

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


Barrow 370m north east of The Knowle.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 November 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a barrow situated on the summit of a prominent ridge forming the watershed between the Rivers Lew and Lyd. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring up to 46m long by 25m wide and 1.2m high. The quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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. 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.

Despite reduction in its height through cultivation the barrow 370m north east of The Knowle survives comparatively well and it will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, use and landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:- 440534

Source: Historic England

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