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Bowl barrow west of Manor House

A Scheduled Monument in Sheldon, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2176 / 53°13'3"N

Longitude: -1.748 / 1°44'52"W

OS Eastings: 416925.003096

OS Northings: 368973.116355

OS Grid: SK169689

Mapcode National: GBR 46C.8WY

Mapcode Global: WHCD6.3DW6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow west of Manor House

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1962

Last Amended: 4 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008956

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13356

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Sheldon

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Sheldon St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The bowl barrow west of Manor House is situated on the limestone plateau of
Derbyshire south of Wye Dale. The monument includes a roughly circular mound
measuring 15m by 15.5m and standing c.1m high. In 1845, the barrow was
partially excavated by Thomas Bateman who found fragments of two urns and the
burnt remains of at least one cremation. In addition, a number of flints and
the unburnt bones of one adult and one juvenile were also recovered. These
remains indicate a Bronze Age date for the barrow. Excluded from the
scheduling are the walls crossing the edges of the monument 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 the bowl barrow west of Manor House has been partially disturbed by
excavation, it is reasonably well preserved and contains significant intact
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)
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)
Heathcote, J P, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Ancient Scheduled Ancient Monuments in Derbyshire, , Vol. 83, (1963)

Source: Historic England

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