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Bowl barrow at junction of Crofts End and Bedford Road

A Scheduled Monument in Sherington, Milton Keynes

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Latitude: 52.109 / 52°6'32"N

Longitude: -0.6964 / 0°41'47"W

OS Eastings: 489371.185346

OS Northings: 246435.074481

OS Grid: SP893464

Mapcode National: GBR CZD.QRY

Mapcode Global: VHDSV.W861

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at junction of Crofts End and Bedford Road

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1973

Last Amended: 11 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010190

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19045

County: Milton Keynes

Civil Parish: Sherington

Built-Up Area: Sherington

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Sherington with Chicheley, North Crawley, Astwood and Hardmead

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes a bowl barrow known locally as the `Sherington barrow'.
It lies in the angle between Crofts End road and Bedford road on ground
falling to the west. The barrow mound survives well as an earthen mound 21m
in diameter and up to 1.7m high. The perimeter of the north-east quadrant of
the mound is overlain by the field boundary, the mound extending into the road
verge as a slight ground rise. Remnants of the surrounding ditch, from which
material was quarried during the construction of the mound, are visible as a
low earthwork 2m wide and 0.1m deep around the south and east sides of the
mound. Elsewhere it survives as a buried feature of similar width.

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 the close proximity of road construction, the monument survives
comparatively well and will contain primary archaeological deposits and some
possibility of evidence for past environmental conditions from the sealed
surface beneath the mound and the ditch fills. It is one of few well-
preserved barrows to survive in the county.

Source: Historic England


NAR SP 84 NE 7,

Source: Historic England

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