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Bowl barrow 120m north-east of Rose Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Coddington, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.0918 / 53°5'30"N

Longitude: -2.8186 / 2°49'6"W

OS Eastings: 345274.821499

OS Northings: 355264.950662

OS Grid: SJ452552

Mapcode National: GBR 7D.9CTG

Mapcode Global: WH88V.PK04

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m north-east of Rose Farm

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1974

Last Amended: 13 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007389

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22588

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Coddington

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Coddington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located on flat land 120m north-east of Rose
Farm. It includes a flat-topped mound of red sand 32m in diameter and up to
2.5m high. Surrounding the barrow is a ditch 7m wide and 0.5m deep. Limited
antiquarian investigation of the barrow located 'articles of some sort'
including layers of bones.
A telegraph pole on the monument's southern side is excluded from the
scheduling, although the ground beneath the telegraph pole is included.

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 limited antiquarian investigation, the bowl barrow 120m north-east of
Rose Farm survives reasonably well. This investigation located human remains,
and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound
and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Longley, D, The Victoria History of the County, (1987), 82
Watkin, W T, Roman Cheshire, (1886), 314
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 2, (1882), 371
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref. No. SJ45NE1, Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Card, (1976)
SMR No. 1824, Cheshire SMR, Mound 260 yards North East of Rose Farm, (1988)
To Fergusson,A.J. (Cheshire FW), Previous tenant,
To SMR, Turner, R (County Archaeologist), (1987)

Source: Historic England

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