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Bowl barrow 550m south-east of Jodrell Bank Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Twemlow, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.2256 / 53°13'32"N

Longitude: -2.3048 / 2°18'17"W

OS Eastings: 379747.056126

OS Northings: 369880.074827

OS Grid: SJ797698

Mapcode National: GBR 004.S3X

Mapcode Global: WH99N.K6P1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m south-east of Jodrell Bank Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007640

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23655

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 550m south-east of Jodrell
Bank Farm. It includes an oval earthen mound up to 35m in diameter and 0.7m
high. Limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow located an urn
containing cremated bone.

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 550m
south-east of Jodrell Bank Farm survives reasonably well. Limited antiquarian
investigation located an urn containing cremated bone, and further evidence of
inhumations and grave goods will survive within the mound and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1037/1/4, Cheshire SMR, Jodrell Bank Barrow Cemetery, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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