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Bowl barrow 155m east of Beadle Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Briercliffe, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.8032 / 53°48'11"N

Longitude: -2.166 / 2°9'57"W

OS Eastings: 389165.06381

OS Northings: 434113.613482

OS Grid: SD891341

Mapcode National: GBR FS9G.WD

Mapcode Global: WHB7Y.PNSR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 155m east of Beadle Hill

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1928

Last Amended: 20 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009114

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23725

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Briercliffe

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the western edge of an upland
plateau 155m east of Beadle Hill. It includes a grass covered circular mound
of earth and stones measuring 8.5m in diameter and up to 0.1m high.
Surrounding the mound is a faint ditch approximately 1m wide by 0.05m deep.

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

Despite past cultivation which has reduced the height of the monument, the
bowl barrow 155m east of Beadle Hill survives reasonably well and is a rare
survival in Lancashire of a ditched example of this class of monument.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Wilkinson, T T, 'Trans Lancs & Chesh Antiq Soc' in , , Vol. 9, (1856), 34
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
Revision ONB, (1929)
SMR No. 240, Lancs SMR, Beadle Hill B, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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