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Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 300m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Derwent, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.3861 / 53°23'9"N

Longitude: -1.7416 / 1°44'29"W

OS Eastings: 417285.605358

OS Northings: 387724.30366

OS Grid: SK172877

Mapcode National: GBR JY88.RX

Mapcode Global: WHCCF.64YZ

Entry Name: Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 300m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008072

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23275

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


The monument is a well-preserved gritstone round cairn situated in Bridge-end
Pasture, above the Hope Valley in the northern gritstone moors of Derbyshire.
It includes a roughly circular hemispherical mound with a diameter of 8m by 7m
and a height of c.0.5m. No excavation of the site has been carried out but its
location and appearance assign 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


PRN 8211 (mention only), (1984)

Source: Historic England

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