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Bowl barrow 530m north of Parsonage, forming part of a bowl barrow cemetery on Horridge Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Chulmleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9303 / 50°55'49"N

Longitude: -3.8524 / 3°51'8"W

OS Eastings: 269918.665838

OS Northings: 116173.150795

OS Grid: SS699161

Mapcode National: GBR L0.PPVZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 26TN.2ZM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 530m north of Parsonage, forming part of a bowl barrow cemetery on Horridge Moor

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015478

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28642

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Chulmleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Chulmleigh St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated in a prominent location on a
south east facing ridge overlooking the valley of the Huntacott Water. The
barrow forms part of a round barrow cemetery which includes at least seven
mounds and a ring ditch. This barrow survives as a circular mound with a
diameter of 16.4m standing up to 0.3m high. The ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived surrounds the barrow and survives as a buried
feature c.2m wide.
The other barrows forming this cemetery are the subject of separate

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 ploughing over the years, the bowl barrow lying 530m north of
Parsonage survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and
environmental information relating to the mound and the surrounding landscape.
This mound forms part of a round barrow cemetery which includes at least
seven barrows and a ring ditch.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS61NE50, (1995)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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