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Lord's Seat bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Edale, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.3479 / 53°20'52"N

Longitude: -1.8325 / 1°49'56"W

OS Eastings: 411248.580993

OS Northings: 383461.107446

OS Grid: SK112834

Mapcode National: GBR HYNQ.2L

Mapcode Global: WHCCK.T3KR

Entry Name: Lord's Seat bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 1 March 1948

Last Amended: 3 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008055

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23276

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Edale

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Edale Holy and Undivided Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Lord's Seat bowl barrow is situated on Rushup Edge in the northern gritstone
moors of Derbyshire. The monument includes a roughly circular steep-sided
mound with a diameter of 15m by 15.5m and a height of c.2m. Originally, the
summit of the barrow would have been hemispherical but it is now slightly
concave, having been partially dug out in the past, probably by late
18th century stone-getters. No excavation of the barrow has been carried out,
but its form and location date it to the Bronze Age. Traces of a 2m wide
construction ditch are visible on the west side of the barrow. The fence
crossing the eastern edge of the monument is excluded from the scheduling
although the ground underneath is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 3 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

Lord's Seat bowl barrow is a well-preserved example of a Peak District barrow
which appears to have escaped excavation in the 19th century and so contains
rare intact archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)

Source: Historic England

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