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Bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 510m south of West Ugworthy House

A Scheduled Monument in Holsworthy Hamlets, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8428 / 50°50'34"N

Longitude: -4.3853 / 4°23'7"W

OS Eastings: 232159.881831

OS Northings: 107518.806973

OS Grid: SS321075

Mapcode National: GBR K9.W6WK

Mapcode Global: FRA 16PW.5C6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 510m south of West Ugworthy House

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1957

Last Amended: 23 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017977

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30339

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Holsworthy Hamlets

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Holsworthy St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high ridge overlooking the
valley of the Small Brook. It is the northernmost of two barrows known as the
Ugworthy Barrows; the other is the subject of a separate scheduling.
The monument survives as an oval mound 41m long from north to south and 38.7m
wide from east to west and 1.4m high. To the north and east of the mound the
quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is visible
as a 4.8m wide and up to 0.2m deep hollow; elsewhere it survives as a buried

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

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

The bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 510m south 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 prominent local landmarks. Together they will
provide evidence for territorial control and land use in this part of Devon.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS30NW3, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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