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Bowl barrow 30m south-west of Fishpool Lane Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Delamere and Oakmere, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.199 / 53°11'56"N

Longitude: -2.6511 / 2°39'4"W

OS Eastings: 356599.068553

OS Northings: 367080.970254

OS Grid: SJ565670

Mapcode National: GBR 7M.2JJX

Mapcode Global: WH99H.7VTF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 30m south-west of Fishpool Lane Farm

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1958

Last Amended: 21 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007631

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23616

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Delamere and Oakmere

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Delamere St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located on the crest of a hillslope 30m
south-west of Fishpool Lane Farm. It includes a slightly oval earthen mound up
to 0.4m high with maximum dimensions of 18m by 16m. It was originally one of a
group of seven barrows known collectively as the Seven Lows. Of these only
five remain identifiable.

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 stock erosion to the monument's surface, the bowl barrow 30m
south-west of Fishpool Lane Farm survives reasonably well. It is a rare
survival in Cheshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and
will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the
old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Capstick, B., FMW report, (1988)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ordnance Survey Record Card reference No. SJ56NE4, Ordnance Survey, 2 Round Barrows and sites of 5 Round Barrows,

Source: Historic England

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