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Round barrow beside Lady Grace's Ride

A Scheduled Monument in Woodlands, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.276 / 54°16'33"N

Longitude: -0.4513 / 0°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 500942.138469

OS Northings: 487814.163255

OS Grid: TA009878

Mapcode National: GBR TL9Z.3X

Mapcode Global: WHGC0.1SD9

Entry Name: Round barrow beside Lady Grace's Ride

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1933

Last Amended: 18 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008497

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21068

County: North Yorkshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Woodlands

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Scarborough St Luke

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument stands on the Row Brow, the scarp of the Irton and Seamer Moors.
It includes a burial mound constructed of earth and stones and is one of a
number of similar monuments in this area. The mound has a diameter of 26m and
survives to a height of 2m on its western side and 3.5m on its eastern, due to
the break of slope of Row Brow. Although no longer visible at ground level, a
ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the
monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years
but survives as a buried feature 2m wide. The barrow is not known to have been

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 3 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

This barrow survives well, and will retain significant information on the
manner and duration of its use and the environment in which it was built. It
is one of a group of barrows on the moor and will contribute to our
understanding of this wider group.

Source: Historic England


09131, North Yorkshire SMR (09131),
Bramley, J R, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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