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Bank Top bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Bradbourne, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0629 / 53°3'46"N

Longitude: -1.6787 / 1°40'43"W

OS Eastings: 421627.558865

OS Northings: 351783.840094

OS Grid: SK216517

Mapcode National: GBR 59J.VTN

Mapcode Global: WHCF0.58WS

Entry Name: Bank Top bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 21 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008938

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13341

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Bradbourne

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Kniveton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Bank Top bowl barrow is situated c.50m north of Bank Top oval barrow in the
southern fringes of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument
includes a roughly circular mound with a diameter of c.12m and standing c.1m
There has been no recorded excavation of the barrow but its overall appearance
indicates that it is a Bronze Age burial mound of the type known as a bowl
barrow. Its location next to an earlier burial mound has close parallels at
other sites in the Peak District. The field wall crossing the western edge of
the monument is excluded from the scheduling but the ground underneath is

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

Bank Top bowl barrow is a well preserved example containing largely intact
archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


PRN 2026, Wildgoose, Martin, Bank Top Farm Barrow, (1986)

Source: Historic England

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