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Bowl barrow on Withery Low

A Scheduled Monument in Wormhill, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2854 / 53°17'7"N

Longitude: -1.849 / 1°50'56"W

OS Eastings: 410165.101049

OS Northings: 376498.043344

OS Grid: SK101764

Mapcode National: GBR HZJG.H0

Mapcode Global: WHCCR.KPR7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Withery Low

Scheduled Date: 7 January 1971

Last Amended: 4 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008936

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13353

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Wormhill

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 on
the limestone plateau of Derbyshire north of Wye Dale. The monument includes
the south-western of a pair of barrows spaced c.50m apart at the top of the
hill. The barrow comprises a mound measuring 14.5m by 12m by 0.5m high and
was partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1846. Bateman did not find any
remains but the location and appearance of the barrow indicate a Bronze Age
date. In addition, it is one of a number of similar barrows to be found in
the Wormhill area.

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 by excavation, the south-western bowl barrow on
Withery Low is a well preserved example with 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)
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 95-6
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 100
Thesis, Lewis, GD, The Bronze Age in the Southern Pennines, (1970)

Source: Historic England

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