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One of two bowl barrows on Bole Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Wormhill, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2781 / 53°16'41"N

Longitude: -1.8408 / 1°50'26"W

OS Eastings: 410714.641805

OS Northings: 375691.731313

OS Grid: SK107756

Mapcode National: GBR HZLJ.8L

Mapcode Global: WHCCR.PVNT

Entry Name: One of two bowl barrows on Bole Hill

Scheduled Date: 8 January 1971

Last Amended: 22 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008941

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13366

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


This barrow is the north-eastern of two bowl barrows on Bole Hill which is
situated on the limestone plateau of Derbyshire north of Wye Dale. The
monument includes a roughly circular mound measuring 19.5m by 18m and standing
c.0.75m high. Originally the barrow would have been somewhat higher but its
profile has been lowered in the past by ploughing. At this time also a
dry-walled structure, recorded by Thomas Bateman in the mid-nineteenth century
as covering a central rock-cut grave, was removed. Beneath the capstone of
the grave was found a cremation and the remains of an urn which date the
barrow to the Bronze Age. Excluded from the scheduling is the field wall
crossing the western edge of the monument 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

Although the centre of the north-eastern bowl barrow on Bole Hill has been
disturbed, the rest of the barrow is well preserved and contains further
undisturbed archaeological remains.

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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