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Bostern Grange bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Newton Grange, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0774 / 53°4'38"N

Longitude: -1.7754 / 1°46'31"W

OS Eastings: 415143.772604

OS Northings: 353375.401457

OS Grid: SK151533

Mapcode National: GBR 482.1Z0

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.PXS5

Entry Name: Bostern Grange bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 18 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009443

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13316

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Newton Grange

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Tissington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The bowl barrow at Bostern Grange is a roughly circular cairn with a hilltop
location in the south-western ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire.
The monument includes a mound measuring 23.5m by 19.0m, the breadth having
been reduced slightly in the past by ploughing. It stands at an approximate
height of 1m. A Bronze Age date was assigned to the barrow after a partial
excavation, carried out by Thomas Bateman in 1845, revealed a very large
central cist containing a crouched skeleton and a smaller cist which contained
the remains of a cremation. Two further skeletons were found higher in the
cist, above the crouched inhumation and the cremation. These would have been
secondary burials and indicate an extended period of use for the barrow.

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 partially disturbed by excavation and slightly reduced by ploughing,
Bostern Grange bowl barrow is a well preserved example containing further
significant 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)

Source: Historic England

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