Bowl Barrow on Churchland Green 350m West of Coldharbour Farm
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Devon County Council
South Hams District Council
SN704704 (270444, 52093)
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Remains of a bowl barrow on Churchland Green. The barrow mound measures 16 metres by 19 metres and is up to 1 metre high on the south side and 1.8 metres high on the north. A hollow in the centre of the mound indicates that the barrow has been partially excavated in the past. There are spoil heaps to the south and west and traces of a surrounding ditch are visible on the north side.
This barrow is at the site where three parishes meet, and would have been a boundary marker;the marker stone described in HER has been displaced.
It must be possible that it was a place of execution for these three parishes,as happened on such sites elsewhere.There is a Hangman's cross nearby,and the name Churchland Green(See DAS proceedings of 2008)
R J WEST, 12 July 2013
The name 'Churchlands Green',seems significant The stillborn,who had not been baptised, could not be buried in consecrated ground,and neither could the outstanding and obvious sinners, usually prostitutes. An alternative had to be found,and it must be likely that Churchlands fulfilled this need for three parishes.This in addition to being a place of execution and gibbeting.
Richard West, 30 March 2017
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