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Bowl barrow 300m WSW of Fishpool Lane Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Utkinton and Cotebrook, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1986 / 53°11'54"N

Longitude: -2.6551 / 2°39'18"W

OS Eastings: 356335.870017

OS Northings: 367032.702462

OS Grid: SJ563670

Mapcode National: GBR 7M.2HL5

Mapcode Global: WH99H.5VYS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m WSW of Fishpool Lane Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1978

Last Amended: 21 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007632

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23617

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Utkinton and Cotebrook

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 a local high point 300m WSW of
Fishpool Lane Farm. It includes a slightly oval earthen mound up to 0.3m high
with maximum dimensions of 22m by 20m. It was originally one of a group of
seven barrows known collectively as the Seven Lows. Of these only five remain

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 arable ploughing which has spread the monument, the bowl barrow 300m
WSW of Fishpool Lane Farm survives reasonably well. It will 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)

Source: Historic England

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