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Bowl barrow on The Long Mynd, 100m north-east of Boiling Well.

A Scheduled Monument in Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5465 / 52°32'47"N

Longitude: -2.854 / 2°51'14"W

OS Eastings: 342181.961516

OS Northings: 294632.899026

OS Grid: SO421946

Mapcode National: GBR BD.DN1K

Mapcode Global: VH75T.H816

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on The Long Mynd, 100m north-east of Boiling Well.

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 15 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007342

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19100

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Church 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 bowl barrow situated in a shallow
saddle with ground rising to the west and east. The barrow is visible as a
well defined mound 12m in diameter and 1.1m high with a shallow central
disturbance at its summit, 4m in diameter and 0.5m deep. Although no longer
recognisable as a surface feature, 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 surface 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 100m north-east of Boiling Well
remains a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain primary
archaeological deposits and environmental evidence relating to the landscape
in which it was constructed. It is one of several such barrows which occur on
The Long Mynd and, as such, contributes to an understanding of the intensity
of settlement and nature of land-use in this area of upland during the Bronze

Source: Historic England


Record No. 01236,

Source: Historic England

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