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Bowl barrow, 540m east of Wildmoor Pool.

A Scheduled Monument in All Stretton, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5644 / 52°33'51"N

Longitude: -2.8414 / 2°50'29"W

OS Eastings: 343060.693652

OS Northings: 296619.021505

OS Grid: SO430966

Mapcode National: GBR BD.CK56

Mapcode Global: WH8CC.BS5X

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, 540m east of Wildmoor Pool.

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 21 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007337

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19095

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: All Stretton

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Church Stretton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

Details

The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow, the northern one of two
known as Robin Hood's Butts, situated on Duckley Nap at the north end of The
Long Mynd. The barrow mound is visible as a well defined circular mound 21m in
diameter standing up to 1.5m high. The summit of the mound is flattened,
possibly by ploughing at some time in the past. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material for the construction of the monument was quarried.
This has become largely infilled over the years but can be traced as a slight
earthwork 4m wide and 0.3m deep around the north-east side of the mound. It
will survive around the remaining sides as a buried feature of similar width.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
protection.

Despite being reduced and spread by past ploughing, the barrow, one of those
known as Robin Hood's Butts, survives well and is a good example of this class
of round barrow. It will retain archaeological deposits and environmental
evidence from the old land surface sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch
fill. It is one of several such monuments on The Long Mynd and, as such
contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement and the nature
of land use on this area of upland during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Record no 00193,

Source: Historic England

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