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Kinderlow bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Hayfield, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.3768 / 53°22'36"N

Longitude: -1.8914 / 1°53'28"W

OS Eastings: 407324.388549

OS Northings: 386664.532803

OS Grid: SK073866

Mapcode National: GBR HY7D.B7

Mapcode Global: WHBB6.XDJ4

Entry Name: Kinderlow bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 24 May 1961

Last Amended: 8 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008068

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23271

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hayfield

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Hayfield St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument is a bowl barrow located at the summit of Kinderlow in the
western gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire. It includes a steep-sided
sub-circular mound measuring 17.5m by 15m and standing c.2m high. A gritstone
kerb is visible in the edges of the mound and there is a modern walker's cairn
on the summit. The monument has not been excavated and so cannot be precisely
dated, but its form and hilltop location assign it to the Bronze Age. The
walker's cairn 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 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

Kinderlow 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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