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Bowl barrow 850m WSW of Yanwath Woodhouse Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sockbridge and Tirril, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6262 / 54°37'34"N

Longitude: -2.7497 / 2°44'58"W

OS Eastings: 351693.213104

OS Northings: 525936.792891

OS Grid: NY516259

Mapcode National: GBR 9G7Y.HD

Mapcode Global: WH81B.QZTB

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 850m WSW of Yanwath Woodhouse Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 30 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008235

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23674

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Sockbridge and Tirril

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Barton St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on gently sloping ground 850m
WSW of Yanwath Woodhouse Farm. It includes a flat-topped oval mound of earth
and stones up to 2m high with maximum dimensions of 25.5m by 21.5m.

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

Despite minor surface disturbance to the monument's summit, the bowl barrow
850m WSW of Yanwath Woodhouse Farm survives well. It will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 2876, Cumbria SMR, Round Barrow 1/2 mile SSW of Yanwath Woodhouse, (1985)

Source: Historic England

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