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Bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Swynnerton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9726 / 52°58'21"N

Longitude: -2.2106 / 2°12'38"W

OS Eastings: 385954.974486

OS Northings: 341709.13669

OS Grid: SJ859417

Mapcode National: GBR MCX.1Y

Mapcode Global: WHBD0.0KM1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1952

Last Amended: 20 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009315

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22426

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Swynnerton

Built-Up Area: Stoke-on-Trent

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Trentham St Mary and All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a local high point of a low
ridge north of Hargreaves Wood. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to
1.5m high with maximum dimensions of 30m by 25m. Limited antiquarian
investigation located a stone cist containing two cremations, numerous
secondary interments, pottery and flint artefacts.

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 limited antiquarian investigation and spreading of the monument by
ploughing, the bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood survives well. This
investigation located human remains together with pottery and flint artefacts.
Further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound
and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Molyneux, W, Early History of Trentham, (1878)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 55, Staffs SMR, Trentham Barrow N. of Hargreaves Wood - Northwood Farm,

Source: Historic England

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