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Bowl barrow on Withery Low

A Scheduled Monument in Peak Forest, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2855 / 53°17'7"N

Longitude: -1.848 / 1°50'52"W

OS Eastings: 410227.836457

OS Northings: 376519.005825

OS Grid: SK102765

Mapcode National: GBR HZJF.PY

Mapcode Global: WHCCR.LP63

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Withery Low

Scheduled Date: 4 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008935

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13352

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Peak Forest

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Tideswell St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Withery Low, also known as Withered Low, is part of Wormhill Moor and lies
north of Wye Dale on the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument
includes the north-eastern of a pair of barrows spaced c.50m apart on the
summit of the hill. The barrow consists of a sub-circular cairn measuring 17m
by 13m by 0.6m high. It is situated on the edge of an outcrop and the surface
of the mound has been robbed of its stone, probably by wall-builders at the
time of the Enclosure Acts. It is possible that this is one of the barrows on
Withery Low partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1846. However, Bateman's
account is unclear on this point. The general appearance and location of the
barrow, and its proximity to others of this class, indicate that it dates to
the Bronze Age.

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 the surface of the north-eastern bowl barrow on Withery Low has been
robbed, archaeological remains will survive intact on the old land surface
beneath the barrow on which burials will have been placed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)

Source: Historic England

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