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Bowl barrow 50m south of Jodrell Bank Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Twemlow, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.2293 / 53°13'45"N

Longitude: -2.3102 / 2°18'36"W

OS Eastings: 379389.900352

OS Northings: 370298.672014

OS Grid: SJ793702

Mapcode National: GBR 003.JRY

Mapcode Global: WH99N.H345

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 50m south of Jodrell Bank Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007639

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23654

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Twemlow

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Goostrey St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located on flat land 50m south of Jodrell Bank
Farm. It includes an oval earthen mound measuring up to 1.3m high with maximum
dimensions of 58m east-west by 40m north-south. In 1977 cremations were
exposed during ploughing across the mound.

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 spreading of this monument by ploughing, the bowl barrow 50m
south of Jodrell Bank Farm survives reasonably well. This ploughing revealed
human cremations in the upper part of the mound, and further evidence of
inhumations will exist within the barrow and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Longley, D, Prehistoric Sites in Cheshire, (1977), 30
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref No. SJ 77 SE, Ordnance Survey, (1964)
SMR No. 1037/1/2, Cheshire SMR, Jodrell Bank Barrow Cemetery, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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