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Bowl barrow 400m west of Bellevue House

A Scheduled Monument in Nempnett Thrubwell, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3392 / 51°20'21"N

Longitude: -2.7014 / 2°42'5"W

OS Eastings: 351234.043663

OS Northings: 160245.68315

OS Grid: ST512602

Mapcode National: GBR JL.VTD6

Mapcode Global: VH895.4L6Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m west of Bellevue House

Scheduled Date: 16 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008183

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22824

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Civil Parish: Nempnett Thrubwell

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a low hill
overlooking the valley of Congresbury Yeo River, which is now occupied by a
reservoir, 400m west of Bellevue House.
The barrow has a mound c.1.2m high and 12m in diameter surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument.
This has become largely infilled over the years and, although no longer
visible at ground level, it survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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 400m west of Bellevue House survives well in an area where few
similar monuments are known. It contains archaeological and environmental
information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England


Mention by Tratman of the barrow, Mention by Tratman of the barrow,

Source: Historic England

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