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Bowl barrow, 240m SSE of Woodend Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Holbeck, Nottinghamshire

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Latitude: 53.24 / 53°14'24"N

Longitude: -1.1854 / 1°11'7"W

OS Eastings: 454460.874

OS Northings: 371754.97

OS Grid: SK544717

Mapcode National: GBR NZ5Z.47

Mapcode Global: WHDFD.RTQH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, 240m SSE of Woodend Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1953

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006388

English Heritage Legacy ID: NT 44

County: Nottinghamshire

Civil Parish: Holbeck

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Norton Cuckney

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham


This monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on level ground to the north of the River Poulter. The bowl barrow survives as a 30m diameter circular mound standing up to 1m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which construction material was derived survives as a buried feature.

PastScape Monument No:- 318471
NMR:- SK57SW15

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.
The bowl barrow 240m SSE of Woodend Farm is reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. These deposits will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of Bronze Age society, settlement and funerary practices.

Source: Historic England

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