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Round barrow 180m NNE of St Wilfred's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Kirby Knowle, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2804 / 54°16'49"N

Longitude: -1.2836 / 1°17'1"W

OS Eastings: 446739.951705

OS Northings: 487436.190992

OS Grid: SE467874

Mapcode National: GBR MLGY.WB

Mapcode Global: WHD8B.8N0X

Entry Name: Round barrow 180m NNE of St Wilfred's Church

Scheduled Date: 20 July 1964

Last Amended: 19 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010527

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25587

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Kirby Knowle

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow situated on a prominent knoll west of the
scarp slope of the Hambleton Hills.
The barrow has a prominent earth and stone mound standing 2m high. It is
round in shape and 16m in diameter. This mound was surrounded by a ditch up
to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible
as an earthwork. The mound has a 2m wide trench cut through the top,
orientated north-south, the result of work from an earlier excavation.

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 limited disturbance this barrow has survived well. Significant
information about the original form, burials placed within it and evidence of
earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved.

Source: Historic England


No. 00142.00000,

Source: Historic England

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