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Bowl barrow on Wildmoor, 200m north-east of the Shooting Box.

A Scheduled Monument in Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5546 / 52°33'16"N

Longitude: -2.8527 / 2°51'9"W

OS Eastings: 342285.979997

OS Northings: 295541.751631

OS Grid: SO422955

Mapcode National: GBR BD.D2CT

Mapcode Global: VH75T.H1SY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Wildmoor, 200m north-east of the Shooting Box.

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 12 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007340

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19098

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Church Stretton

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Ratlinghope

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes the remains of a substantial bowl barrow situated on a
prominent hilltop overlooking land falling to the east. The barrow is visible
as a well defined circular mound of angular rock and earth construction with a
diameter of 21.3m and standing up to 1.6m high. The summit of the barrow has
been disturbed by exploration at some time in the past so that today it has
the form of a dished hollow 3.7m in diameter and 0.7m deep. Although no longer
visible as a surface feature, a ditch, from which material was quarried during
the construction of the mounument, 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 limited disturbance, the barrow 200m north-east of the Shooting
Box survives well as 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 barrow and from 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 in this
area of upland during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

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