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Bowl barrow 60m north of junction of London Road and Bonis Hall Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Prestbury, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.3019 / 53°18'6"N

Longitude: -2.1407 / 2°8'26"W

OS Eastings: 390722.074433

OS Northings: 378333.889169

OS Grid: SJ907783

Mapcode National: GBR FZH8.B2

Mapcode Global: WHBBH.28XK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 60m north of junction of London Road and Bonis Hall Lane

Scheduled Date: 19 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22578

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Prestbury

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Prestbury St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located 60m north of the junction of London Road
and Bonis Hall Lane. It includes a slightly oval earthen mound up to 1.3m high
with maximum dimensions of 26m by 25m.

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 spreading of the monument by past ploughing, the bowl barrow 60m
north of the junction of London Road and Bonis Hall Lane survives reasonably
well. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and
upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Sainter, J D, Scientific Rambles Around Macclesfield, (1878), 4
Bulock, J D, 'Trans Lancs and Chesh Arch Soc' in Trans Lancs and Chesh Arch Soc, , Vol. 71, (1961), 68
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 3, (1882), 3, 537
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref. No. SJ97NW1, Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Card,
SMR No. 1557/1, Cheshire SMR, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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