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Bowl barrow at Fenny Drayton

A Scheduled Monument in Witherley, Leicestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5719 / 52°34'18"N

Longitude: -1.476 / 1°28'33"W

OS Eastings: 435607.719698

OS Northings: 297250.003392

OS Grid: SP356972

Mapcode National: GBR 6K3.RMJ

Mapcode Global: WHDJK.9MC5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Fenny Drayton

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1952

Last Amended: 19 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010198

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17078

County: Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Witherley

Built-Up Area: Fenny Drayton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Fenny Drayton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

Details

The monument at Fenny Drayton includes a substantial earthwork barrow and is
situated alongside the Roman Mancetter Road 0.5km east of Fenny Drayton.

The barrow is roughly round measuring 25m in diameter at the base and about
2.5m high with a flat top measuring 8m across. There is no evidence for a
surrounding ditch.

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.

The barrow at Fenny Drayton survives well and is one of the few barrows in
Leicestershire which still exists as an earthwork.

Source: Historic England

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