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Bowl barrow 160m south-east of Oldfields Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Grindon, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0732 / 53°4'23"N

Longitude: -1.8778 / 1°52'40"W

OS Eastings: 408283.192498

OS Northings: 352889.196211

OS Grid: SK082528

Mapcode National: GBR 36M.62Z

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.402V

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 160m south-east of Oldfields Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010382

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13548

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Grindon

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Grindon All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located close to the western edge of a
plateau 160m south-east of Oldfields Farm. It survives as a well defined
circular mound 22m diameter and up to 0.5m high. At the centre of the barrow
is a circular water reservoir 3m in diameter that is covered with a concrete
cap. A low spread of spoil from an adjacent quarry has been dumped on part of
the northern half of the mound. The barrow is not known to have been
The water reservoir, its concrete cap and its inlet and outlet pipes are
excluded from the scheduling. The ground beneath these features, however, is

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 insertion of a water reservoir into the centre of the monument the
bowl barrow 160m south-east of Oldfields Farm survives well. Undisturbed
archaeological deposits will exist within the mound and upon the old

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref No. PRN 3754, Staffordshire SMR, Low Round Mound, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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