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Round Loaf bowl barrow on Anglezarke Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Heapey, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.6592 / 53°39'33"N

Longitude: -2.5493 / 2°32'57"W

OS Eastings: 363798.804026

OS Northings: 418216.802522

OS Grid: SD637182

Mapcode National: GBR BVM4.W0

Mapcode Global: WH97D.T984

Entry Name: Round Loaf bowl barrow on Anglezarke Moor

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1954

Last Amended: 21 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008904

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23707

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Heapey

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Rivington

Church of England Diocese: Manchester


The monument includes Round Loaf bowl barrow located upon a gently sloping
plateau on Anglezarke Moor. It includes an oval mound of earth and small
stones 3.6m-5.5m high with maximum dimensions of 73m north-south by 66m
east-west. Several flint flakes have been found on the eroded summit of the
mound over a period of years.

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 some surface erosion to the mound's summit, Round Loaf bowl barrow
survives reasonably well and remains a prominent landmark visible from a
considerable distance in all directions. It is not known to have been
excavated and will therefore retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within
the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Bulock, J D, 'Trans Lancs and Chesh Antiq Soc' in The Pikestones: A Chambered Long Cairn of Neolithic Type, , Vol. 68, (1958), 143-5
Howard-Davies, C, 'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Excavation at Rushy Brow, Anglezarke Moor, ()
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
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Source: Historic England

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