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Tinker's Inn bowl barrow, north

A Scheduled Monument in Clifton and Compton, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0003 / 53°0'0"N

Longitude: -1.7317 / 1°43'54"W

OS Eastings: 418100.652627

OS Northings: 344804.218177

OS Grid: SK181448

Mapcode National: GBR 48X.T5W

Mapcode Global: WHCF5.CVL9

Entry Name: Tinker's Inn bowl barrow, north

Scheduled Date: 4 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010097

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13326

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, north is a roughly circular earthen barrow situated
on the southern ridges of the Derbyshire Peak District. The monument includes
a mound measuring 40m by 38m by c.1m high and part of the surrounding
construction ditch which is buried beneath accumulated soil. On the north
side, the barrow and its ditch have been partially destroyed by agricultural
activity. The earth from this side has been dumped on the barrow, giving it a
slightly flattened appearance which is probably not original. It is one of
several barrows in the area to which a Bronze Age date has been assigned and
may also have been the site of finds, made in 1852, of a skeleton and bronze
dagger. This, however, has yet to be confirmed. Excluded from the scheduling
is the hedge crossing the northern edge of the barrow though the ground
beneath is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 disturbed by past agricultural activities, Tinker's Inn bowl barrow,
north is still a well-preserved example with the majority of its
remains intact.

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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