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Bowl barrow 500m south-east of Duckley Nap.

A Scheduled Monument in All Stretton, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5605 / 52°33'37"N

Longitude: -2.8366 / 2°50'11"W

OS Eastings: 343379.929436

OS Northings: 296179.29454

OS Grid: SO433961

Mapcode National: GBR BF.CSCN

Mapcode Global: WH8CC.DWGY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m south-east of Duckley Nap.

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 12 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007339

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19097

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


The monument includes the remains of a substantial bowl barrow situated in a
prominent position on top of a rounded hill. The barrow is visible as a well
defined, circular stone and earth mound 20m in diameter and stands to a height
of 1.6m above the surrounding natural land surface. The summit of the mound is
disturbed by the remains of an old exploration, which has created a shallow
crater 6m in diameter and 0.5m deep. Although no longer visible at ground
level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but
survives as a buried feature some 2m wide.

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

Despite some disturbance the barrow 500m south-east of Duckley Nap survives
well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain
archaeological material and environmental evidence from the old land surface
sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such
monuments in this area and, as such, contributes information relating to the
intensity of settlement and the nature of land-use in the area during the
Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

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