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Circular earthwork 400yds (360m) east of Bishton Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Colwich, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7836 / 52°47'0"N

Longitude: -1.9602 / 1°57'36"W

OS Eastings: 402782.175418

OS Northings: 320667.238013

OS Grid: SK027206

Mapcode National: GBR 39Z.H72

Mapcode Global: WHBF2.V9RC

Entry Name: Circular earthwork 400yds (360m) E of Bishton Hall

Scheduled Date: 22 May 1974

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006074

English Heritage Legacy ID: ST 219

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Colwich

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Colwich St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


Bowl barrow 360m east of Bishton Hall Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 June 2015. 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.

The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow situated on gentle sloping ground to the Trent and Mersey canal and the river Trent to the south. The barrow survives as a slight mound surrounded by a ditch known from aerial photography.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round barrows 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.

The bowl barrow 360m east of Bishton Hall Farm survives as buried archaeological and environmental remains which will provide important information relating both to the monument and the wider landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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