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Group of barrows in Seven Barrow Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Bradford Peverell, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7308 / 50°43'50"N

Longitude: -2.5001 / 2°30'0"W

OS Eastings: 364797.0146

OS Northings: 92469.2825

OS Grid: SY647924

Mapcode National: GBR PW.ZGWS

Mapcode Global: FRA 57N4.V2W

Entry Name: Group of barrows in Seven Barrow Plantation

Scheduled Date: 27 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002812

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 349

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bradford Peverell

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bradford Peverell Church of the Assumption

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Three long barrows and twelve bowl barrows forming a round barrow cemetery.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 January 2016. This 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.

This monument, which falls into ten areas, includes three long barrows and a round barrow cemetery situated on the summit of the prominent Penn Hill overlooking the valley of the River Frome. The long barrows survive as rectangular mounds with partially buried side ditches. The mounds range in size from 18.5m up to 50m long, from 8m up to 12m wide and from 0.9m up to 1.3m high. Two have at least one visible side ditch of up to 4m wide and 0.2m deep. The round barrow cemetery includes twelve bowl barrows surviving as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. Only one has a visible ditch of up to 2m wide and 0.1m deep. The mounds vary in size from 11m up to 20m in diameter and from 0.3 up to 2.5m high. At least one abuts a long mound and two are cut by tracks.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 examples of long barrows and long cairns, their counterparts in the uplands, are recorded nationally. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are considered to be nationally important. 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. Despite some scrub growth and animal burrowing the three long barrows and twelve bowl barrows forming a round barrow cemetery 340m north west of Stables Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-453786 and 453739

Source: Historic England

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