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Bowl barrow in Ivy Mill Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Godstone, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2476 / 51°14'51"N

Longitude: -0.07 / 0°4'12"W

OS Eastings: 534797.306445

OS Northings: 151589.857337

OS Grid: TQ347515

Mapcode National: GBR KKB.M42

Mapcode Global: VHGS5.QXV0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Ivy Mill Lane

Scheduled Date: 20 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008847

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20191

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Godstone

Built-Up Area: Godstone

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Godstone and Blindley Heath

Church of England Diocese: Southwark


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow situated on a slight rise
in the Lower Greensand. It is one of a group of at least four bowl barrows in
Godstone, the remains of only three of which now survive. The barrow is
visible as a mound, truncated by the construction of Ivy Mill Lane to the east
and a driveway to the north. It measures 9m north-south and 10m east-west and
stands to a height of 1m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer
visible at ground level, having become infilled over the years, but survives
as a buried feature c.2.5m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling are the house, stone walls, railings, gate and
tarmac surface of the driveway, although the ground beneath these features is

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 damage to the east and north sides of the mound, the bowl barrow in
Ivy Mill Lane contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence
relating to both the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.
As part of a group of at least three bowl barrows within a distance of 250m of
each other, it contributes to a more detailed picture of settlement and land
use in the area during the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, , Vol. 79, (1987), 34

Source: Historic England

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