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Roystone Grange bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Ballidon, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1087 / 53°6'31"N

Longitude: -1.6957 / 1°41'44"W

OS Eastings: 420469.450655

OS Northings: 356873.591374

OS Grid: SK204568

Mapcode National: GBR 47S.43X

Mapcode Global: WHCDS.X4Q5

Entry Name: Roystone Grange bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 4 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010104

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13332

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Ballidon

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bradbourne All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Derby

Details

Roystone Grange bowl barrow is a roughly circular cairn in an unusual shelf
location in the south-eastern uplands of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire.
The monument includes a mound measuring 11.5m by 10.5m by c.0.5m high and with
traces of a limestone cist. But for some slight disturbance on the north-west
side the barrow is complete. Its form and the presence of the cist, in which
human remains would have been placed, indicate a Bronze Age date for the
monument.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Unusually for the Peak District, this barrow at Roystone Grange has not been
excavated and so retains significant intact archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)

Source: Historic England

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