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Bowl barrow on Round Hill, 650m south-east of the site of Pole Cottage.

A Scheduled Monument in Wentnor, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5345 / 52°32'4"N

Longitude: -2.8627 / 2°51'45"W

OS Eastings: 341576.964164

OS Northings: 293311.911946

OS Grid: SO415933

Mapcode National: GBR BC.FKWL

Mapcode Global: VH75T.BKGD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Round Hill, 650m south-east of the site of Pole Cottage.

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 15 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007347

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19105

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Wentnor

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 on a
flat topped hill. The barrow is visible as a well defined circular mound of
stone and earth construction 19m in diameter and up to 1.2m high. The summit
of the mound is uneven, suggesting that it may have been disturbed at some
time in the past, and there is a shallow hollow 0.2m deep at its centre. A
trackway encroaches on the rim of the barrow along the north-east edge of the
mound and has exposed the fabric revealing a construction of closely packed
stones. Although no longer visible 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 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 slight disturbance the barrow 650m south-east of the site of Pole
Cottage survives well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It
will retain primary archaeological deposits and environmental evidence sealed
on the old land surface beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of
several such monuments which occur on The Long Mynd and, as such, contributes
information relating to the land-use and intensity of settlement of this area
of upland during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

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