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Three round barrows 800m north east of Littlewood Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Walkington, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8275 / 53°49'38"N

Longitude: -0.5483 / 0°32'53"W

OS Eastings: 495649.63241

OS Northings: 437775.714115

OS Grid: SE956377

Mapcode National: GBR SSM5.3P

Mapcode Global: WHGF8.K244

Entry Name: Three round barrows 800m north east of Littlewood Lodge

Scheduled Date: 26 June 1967

Last Amended: 29 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007573

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21141

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Walkington

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bishop Burton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes three prehistoric round barrows, members of a group on
this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The north-western barrow mound is 0.3m high
and 35m in diameter; the north-eastern is 0.25m high and 13m in diameter, and
the southern is 1m high and 40m in diameter. Although no longer visible at
ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the
construction of the monument, surrounds each of the barrow mounds. These have
become infilled over the years but survive as buried features 4m wide. In
1876 the antiquarian Canon William Greenwell investigated two of the barrow
mounds. In the north-eastern barrow he found one cremnation and a number of
worked flints, including a saw, while the southern produced only a single

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 partial excavation and plough damage these barrows remain visible and
will retain archaeological information on the manner and duration of their
usage. Information on the inter-relationship between individual barrows within
the monument will be preserved, as will information on their relationship to
adjacent barrows.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Beverley Guardian' in Beverley Guardian, (1876), 2
'ERAST' in ERAST, , Vol. 14, (1907), 58
Greenwell, W, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , (1890), 37
Greenwell, W, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , (1890), 36 - 37
3771, Humberside SMR,

Source: Historic England

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