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Bowl barrow on Earlswood Common 20m south of Pendleton Road

A Scheduled Monument in Meadvale and St John's, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2236 / 51°13'24"N

Longitude: -0.187 / 0°11'13"W

OS Eastings: 526697.609613

OS Northings: 148717.345771

OS Grid: TQ266487

Mapcode National: GBR JJ7.7JL

Mapcode Global: VHGS9.PHZV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Earlswood Common 20m south of Pendleton Road

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008052

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20166

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Meadvale and St John's

Built-Up Area: Redhill

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Redhill St John

Church of England Diocese: Southwark


The monument includes one of an original group of three bowl barrows set on a
gentle south-facing slope on a rise in the Lower Greensand.
The barrow has a mound 11m in diameter and 0.5m high with a surrounding quarry
ditch from which material was excavated during the construction of the
monument. This has become partially infilled over the years but survives as an
earthwork feature up to 1.5m wide and 0.1m deep to the north of the mound;
elsewhere it survives as a buried feature.
Excluded from the scheduling are the four old bench supports on the mound
although the ground beneath them 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

The bowl barrow 20m south of Pendleton Road on Earlswood Common survives
comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating both to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, , Vol. 79, (1987), 30

Source: Historic England

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