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Bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 750m SSW of West Ugworthy House

A Scheduled Monument in Holsworthy Hamlets, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8409 / 50°50'27"N

Longitude: -4.3879 / 4°23'16"W

OS Eastings: 231967.316924

OS Northings: 107315.966267

OS Grid: SS319073

Mapcode National: GBR K9.W67D

Mapcode Global: FRA 16PW.4BY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Ugworthy Moor 750m SSW of West Ugworthy House

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1957

Last Amended: 23 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017978

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30340

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 southernmost of two barrows known as
Ugworthy Barrows; the other is the subject of a separate scheduling.
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 35.8m in diameter and
is 2.5m high. It is surrounded on three sides by a field boundary which
overlies the edge of the mound and its surrounding ditch. The surrounding
ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a
buried feature 4m wide. The boundary banks and stock proof fence are excluded
from the scheduling although the ground beneath is included.

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 lying 750m SSW 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 also 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, SS30NW4, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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