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Bowl barrow 700m north-west of High Fordon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Willerby, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1703 / 54°10'12"N

Longitude: -0.4233 / 0°25'23"W

OS Eastings: 503026.180717

OS Northings: 476088.719801

OS Grid: TA030760

Mapcode National: GBR TNH6.4V

Mapcode Global: WHGCL.GFNV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m north-west of High Fordon Farm

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1962

Last Amended: 21 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007746

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21249

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Willerby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Willerby St Peter

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, a member of a group in this
area of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The barrow mound is 0.75m high and 30m in diameter. Although no longer
visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the
construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This feature has
become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4m in
The barrow mound was investigated by antiquarians during the 19th century. In
1848 Lord Londesborough partially excavated the mound and found two burials,
one accompanied by a food vessel. Another antiquarian, Canon Greenwell,
carried out further investigations in 1877 but found no other burials or

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

Although this barrow has been partially excavated and altered by agricultural
activity. Further evidence of the structure of the mound, the surrounding
ditch and burials will survive. It will also contribute to an understanding of
the wider group of which it is a member.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Greenwell, W , British Barrows, (1877), 185-86
NMR TA0376/3/256,

Source: Historic England

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