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Bowl barrow 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm

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

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Latitude: 53.1991 / 53°11'56"N

Longitude: -2.6496 / 2°38'58"W

OS Eastings: 356702.597368

OS Northings: 367091.525115

OS Grid: SJ567670

Mapcode National: GBR 7M.2JWV

Mapcode Global: WH99H.8VKB

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1958

Last Amended: 21 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007634

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23644

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 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm. It
includes a circular earthen mound measuring 25m in diameter and up to 1.3m
high. It was originally one of a group of seven barrows known collectively as
the Seven Lows. Of these only five remain identifiable.
Fences immediately to the north and west of the barrow are excluded from the
scheduling, as is a water trough located on the barrow's summit, but the
ground beneath all these features 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 minor stock erosion around the water trough on the monument's summit,
the bowl barrow 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm survives 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


Books and journals
Gifford Consulting Engineers, , An Archaeological Evaluation at Fishpool Lane, Delamere, Cheshir, (1992), 1-13
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 2, (1882), 2
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
FMW Report, Capstick, B., Round Barrows at Seven Lows, (1986)
Ref No. SJ 56 NE 4, Ordnance Survey, Seven Lows - 2 Round barrows and sites of 5 round barrows,
SMR No. 840/1/4, Cheshire SMR, Seven Lows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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