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Bowl barrow 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1982 / 53°11'53"N

Longitude: -2.6494 / 2°38'57"W

OS Eastings: 356714.124375

OS Northings: 366991.805999

OS Grid: SJ567669

Mapcode National: GBR 7M.2JY8

Mapcode Global: WH99H.8WM1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1978

Last Amended: 21 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007638

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23651

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

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm.
It includes an earthen mound measuring 20m in diameter and up to 0.2m high.
During partial 19th century quarrying of the barrow an urn containing bones
was found inverted on a flat stone. This urn has a rim circumference of
2ft 7 inches and is 13 inches high. It has a decoration of impressed cord, and
hatched triangles alternately upright and inverted on the collar. Fragments of
charcoal were also found within the barrow. It was originally one of a group
of seven barrows known collectively as the Seven Lows. Of these only five
remain identifiable.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite partial 19th century quarrying of the monument, the bowl barrow 140m
south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm survives reasonably well. This quarrying
revealed a cremation urn containing bone, and further evidence of interments
and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface
beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Longley, D, Prehistoric Sites in Cheshire, (1979), 31
Thacker, A, The Victoria History of the County of Cheshire, (1987), 83
Egerton, P, 'Arch J' in Arch J, , Vol. 5, (1845), 157-8
Roeder, C, 'TLCAS' in TLCAS, , Vol. 24, (1906), 117-8
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
Mention in SMR No. 840/1/6, Seven Lows,
Ref No. SJ 56 NE 4, Ordnance Survey, Seven Lows - 2 Round barrows and sites of 5 round barrows,
SMR No. 840/1/6, Cheshire SMR, Seven Lows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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