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Lady Low barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.3006 / 53°18'2"N

Longitude: -1.9034 / 1°54'12"W

OS Eastings: 406532.233341

OS Northings: 378188.2634

OS Grid: SK065781

Mapcode National: GBR HZ48.QJ

Mapcode Global: WHBBL.Q9SJ

Entry Name: Lady Low barrow

Scheduled Date: 21 September 1954

Last Amended: 17 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008920

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13345

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Chapel-en-le-Frith

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Peak Forest and Dove Holes

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Lady Low bowl barrow is a roughly circular cairn situated on the eastern edge
of Combs Moss above an outcrop in the western gritstone moors of Derbyshire.
The monument includes a mound measuring c.14m by 13m by c.1.5m high, though
some of this apparent height is due to its being built on a natural knoll.
The barrow is slightly disturbed on the top and on the south side, possibly
due to a small-scale excavation though there is no record of such an event.
The appearance of the monument, and its proximity to others of a similar
period, date it to the Bronze Age. The field wall crossing the north-west
side of the monument is excluded from the scheduling but the ground underneath
is included.

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
Although partially disturbed, Lady Low bowl barrow is a reasonably
well preserved example and contains significant intact archaeological

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 27

Source: Historic England

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