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Bowl barrow known as The Mound, 700m north east of Stradsett Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Stradsett, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.6287 / 52°37'43"N

Longitude: 0.4686 / 0°28'6"E

OS Eastings: 567171.22941

OS Northings: 306294.342509

OS Grid: TF671062

Mapcode National: GBR P6P.58Q

Mapcode Global: WHKQZ.56D4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as The Mound, 700m north east of Stradsett Hall

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Last Amended: 30 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010571

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21334

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Stradsett

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Stradsett St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Ely


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the Greensand Belt to the west
of the Fenland. The barrow is visible as a flat topped earthen mound c.1.6m
in height and covering a circular area c.22m in diameter. The profile of the
mound is roughly symmetrical except on the western side, where the slope is
shallower and slightly hollowed, indicating that there has been some
disturbance in that area, perhaps caused by a limited excavation. The mound
is thought to be encircled by a ditch which has become infilled and is no
longer visible, although it will survive as a buried feature. It has been
suggested that the barrow was reused as the Moot Hill of Clackclose Hundred.

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 bowl barrow 700m north east of Stradsett Hall survives well, and although
the irregularity of the western side of the mound suggests that there has been
some excavation here, the area of disturbance is limited in relation to the
whole. The monument will retain archaeological information concerning its
construction and the manner and duration of its use, and evidence for the
local environment at and prior to that time will be preserved in soils buried
beneath the mound.

Source: Historic England


Williams, JF, 4341: West Norfolk, Stradsett, (1922)

Source: Historic England

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