Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Sutton Common bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Owston, Doncaster

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 53.6032 / 53°36'11"N

Longitude: -1.142 / 1°8'31"W

OS Eastings: 456875.562623

OS Northings: 412192.458504

OS Grid: SE568121

Mapcode National: GBR NVGS.K2

Mapcode Global: WHDCP.FPFK

Entry Name: Sutton Common bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010768

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13254

County: Doncaster

Civil Parish: Owston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Burghwallis St Helen

Church of England Diocese: Sheffield


Sutton Common bowl barrow is situated in the northern arm of Shirley
Wood, 340m east of the Sutton Common earthworks. It consists of a
hemispherical earth mound, between 2m and 3m high, measuring c.17m
north-south and c.13m east-west. The eastern edge of the monument has,
at some point, been shaved by the digging of a ditch along the adjacent
field-boundary. This implies the original width of the mound was once
approximately equal to its length, indicating, by its size and shape,
that it is a burial mound datable to the late Neolithic and early Bronze
Age, between 2400 and 1500BC. Traces of the construction ditch that
would have circled the barrow can be seen on the south side where a 3-4m
wide band of softer soil is discernible at the foot of the mound.
Excluded from the scheduling is the post and wire fence running NNW-SSE
across the eastern edge of the site. The adjacent ditch, however, is
included as further work on this will affect the monument.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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

Having suffered only minimal damage in the past, and having never been
excavated, Sutton Common bowl barrow is a very well-preserved and
important example of its class.

Source: Historic England


13/2/90, South Yorkshire SMR, SMR Record (PIN 00133), PIN 00133,

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.