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Bowl barrow in Tingley Field Plantation, near Pegsdon

A Scheduled Monument in Shillington, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9612 / 51°57'40"N

Longitude: -0.3533 / 0°21'11"W

OS Eastings: 513240.139

OS Northings: 230475.245597

OS Grid: TL132304

Mapcode National: GBR H5S.1HC

Mapcode Global: VHFR2.TYLW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Tingley Field Plantation, near Pegsdon

Scheduled Date: 24 September 1955

Last Amended: 2 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010369

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20413

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Shillington

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Hexton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans


The barrow in Tingley Field Plantation is located at the top of a north west
facing scarp of the Chilterns and within 500m of the Icknield Way. The burial
mound is about 20m in diameter and almost 3m high. Although no longer visible
at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument surrounds the barrow mound. This has become
infilled over the years and survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. A number
of barrows were documented in the area by the 18th century antiquarian,
William Stukeley but there is no evidence that the mound has been disturbed by
excavation. The barrow lies within sight of a second barrow at Knocking

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

The barrow in Tingley Field Plantation is well preserved and lies within
proximity of another large barrow at Knocking Knoll.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough, (1968)
Stukeley, W, Itinerarium Curiosum, I, (1724)
Dyer, J, 'B.A.J.' in Field system survey of Knocking Hoe National Nature Reserve, (1964)
Dyer, J F, 'Archaeological Journal' in Barrows of the Chilterns, , Vol. CXVI, (1959)
Thomas, N, 'Bedfordshire Archaeologist' in Bedfordshire Archaeologist, Volume 1. no 3, (1956)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1" Series
Source Date: 1834

Source: Historic England

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