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Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 600m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Derwent, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.3862 / 53°23'10"N

Longitude: -1.7362 / 1°44'10"W

OS Eastings: 417645.001834

OS Northings: 387742.230135

OS Grid: SK176877

Mapcode National: GBR JY98.XV

Mapcode Global: WHCCF.94HW

Entry Name: Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 600m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008071

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23274

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Derwent

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bamford and Derwent St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Bridge-end Pasture is situated above the Hope Valley in the northern gritstone
moorlands of Derbyshire. The monument is a well-preserved gritstone round
cairn which includes a roughly circular hemispherical mound measuring 6m by
5.5m and standing c.0.75m high. Although no excavation of the site has been
carried out, its location and form date it to the Bronze Age.

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

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

This round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture is very well-preserved and, rarely for
Peak District burial mounds, appears to have escaped excavation in the 19th
century and so contains 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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