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Bowl Barrow 377m north-east of Waterhouse Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Thompson, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5201 / 52°31'12"N

Longitude: 0.8152 / 0°48'54"E

OS Eastings: 591098

OS Northings: 295081

OS Grid: TL910950

Mapcode National: GBR RBZ.WDT

Mapcode Global: VHKBV.2XTG

Entry Name: Bowl Barrow 377m north-east of Waterhouse Lodge

Scheduled Date: 26 June 1924

Last Amended: 8 April 2016

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004039

English Heritage Legacy ID: NF 48

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Thompson

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk


Bowl barrow most likely of Bronze Age date, located 377m north-east of Waterhouse Plantation.

Source: Historic England


Bowl barrow most likely of Bronze Age date, located 377m north-east of Waterhouse Lodge.

This barrow survives as an earthen mound with a surrounding ditch and external bank. The mound measures approximately 30m in diameter and 1.5m high with a 2m wide ditch and an external bank approximately 3m wide. The ditch is evident as a very shallow depression and the outer bank as a mound up to 0.6m high, which is best preserved on the east side. Located within open woodland the barrow is covered in rough grass and bracken.

The scheduled area includes a 2m buffer zone around the combined circumference of the mound, ditch and external bank.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The bowl barrow north-east of Waterhouse Lodge, most likely of Bronze Age date, is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: as a well preserved earthwork monument representing the diversity of burial practices, beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities;

* Potential: for the stratified archaeological deposits which retain considerable potential to provide invaluable evidence not only for the individuals buried within but also evidence for the ideology, variation in burial practices and social organisation of the communities and social networks that were using the landscape in this way;

* Group value: for its close proximity to other related and contemporary scheduled monuments such as the bowl barrows on Lowster Hill (NHLE 1003931) and Flag Heath (NHLE 1003155). The barrow also forms part of a multi-period landscape unencumbered by modern development and therefore offers a very high level of archaeological potential to enable understanding of the continuity and change in the use of the landscape from the Bronze Age up to the present day.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Lawson, AJ, Martin, EA, Priddy, D, Taylor, A, East Anglian Archaeology Report No. 12 The Barrows of East Anglia, (1981)
Aerial Photographs 1946 and 1988, accessed 16th March 2016 from
Cushion, B. 2002 STANTA ILMP Woodland Earthwork Rapid Indentification Survey
Norfolk Historic Environment Record - 7381

Source: Historic England

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