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Tinker's Inn bowl barrow, south

A Scheduled Monument in Clifton and Compton, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 52.9959 / 52°59'45"N

Longitude: -1.732 / 1°43'55"W

OS Eastings: 418086.026883

OS Northings: 344315.386487

OS Grid: SK180443

Mapcode National: GBR 493.0YJ

Mapcode Global: WHCF5.CYHP

Entry Name: Tinker's Inn bowl barrow, south

Scheduled Date: 31 December 1962

Last Amended: 24 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010095

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13325

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Clifton and Compton

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Clifton Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Tinker's Inn bowl barrow, south is a sub-circular earthen barrow situated on
the southern ridges of the Derbyshire Peak District. The monument includes a
mound measuring 42m by 33m by c.2m high and the surrounding construction ditch
which is buried beneath accumulated soil. The barrow has been degraded by
ploughing and would formerly have been somewhat larger and possibly more
uniformly circular. It is one of several to be found in the area to which a
Bronze Age date has been assigned. In addition, it may have been the site of
finds made in 1852 of a skeleton and bronze dagger though this has yet to be
confirmed. Excluded from the scheduling is a telegraph pole and its stays
though the ground beneath this feature is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 4 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 ploughing, the bowl barrow at Tinker's Inn
south is still a well-preserved example.

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, Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills, (1861), 245

Source: Historic England

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