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Bowl barrow 230m west-south-west of Birtles Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Over Alderley, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.2675 / 53°16'3"N

Longitude: -2.2168 / 2°13'0"W

OS Eastings: 385639.748734

OS Northings: 374525.93613

OS Grid: SJ856745

Mapcode National: GBR DZYN.WD

Mapcode Global: WHBBM.X4LC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m west-south-west of Birtles Hall

Scheduled Date: 12 February 1958

Last Amended: 12 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007400

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22577

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Over Alderley

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Birtles St Catherine

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located on the summit of a natural rise 230m
west-south-west of Birtles Hall. It includes a slightly oval earthen mound up
to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 20m by 19m.

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 surface damage to the barrow's summit caused by tree damage,
the bowl barrow 230m west-south-west of Birtles Hall survives reasonably well.
It is not known to have been excavated and will therefore contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref. No. SJ87SE1, Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Card,

Source: Historic England

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