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Bowl barrow on Old Field, 620m ESE of Ludlow golf course club house

A Scheduled Monument in Stanton Lacy, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.3933 / 52°23'35"N

Longitude: -2.7435 / 2°44'36"W

OS Eastings: 349503.431752

OS Northings: 277512.510178

OS Grid: SO495775

Mapcode National: GBR BJ.QC8G

Mapcode Global: VH843.D3HM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Old Field, 620m ESE of Ludlow golf course club house

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1929

Last Amended: 17 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007710

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19119

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Stanton Lacy

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Bromfield

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes the remains of a small bowl barrow situated on the level
land between the River Teme to the south-west and the River Corve to the
north-east. The barrow mound is visible as a low turf covered mound roughly
circular in shape with a diameter of 7m and standing to a height of 0.5m. It
is believed that the barrow was partially excavated in 1884 when a cremation
burial was revealed. Although not visible at surface level, a ditch, from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds
the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature 1m wide.
The modern fence in the northern part of the site is excluded from the
scheduling, although the ground beneath 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 having been disturbed, much of the barrow mound, and particularly the
central portion, remains intact. It will retain primary archaeological
deposits and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the
monument was constructed. The barrow is one of several such monuments which
occur in this vicinity, and considered in association, they provide
information relating to land use, density of settlement, and the burial
practices and social organisation of the prehistoric community occupying this
area during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Fortey, C, 'TSAS' in , , Vol. VIII, (1885), 445-9

Source: Historic England

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