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Brown Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Marple North, Stockport

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Latitude: 53.4151 / 53°24'54"N

Longitude: -2.0193 / 2°1'9"W

OS Eastings: 398811.427574

OS Northings: 390917.075737

OS Grid: SJ988909

Mapcode National: GBR GXBY.MJ

Mapcode Global: WHB9Y.YFL9

Entry Name: Brown Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 24 December 1926

Last Amended: 27 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23740

County: Stockport

Electoral Ward/Division: Marple North

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Mellor

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument includes Brown Low bowl barrow located on the southern edge of
high ground to the north east of Marple, from where there are extensive views
to the west and south. It includes an earth and stone mound up to 2m high and
measuring 25.5m in diameter. There are two hollows on the mound's summit which
are a legacy of limited antiquarian investigation undertaken by Rev Marriott
in 1809 during which fragments of cremated bone were found and soil marks
indicating the presence of a funeral fire were observed.

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 a combination of tree root damage and limited antiquarian
investigation, Brown Low bowl barrow survives reasonably well. This
investigation found cremated bone and traces of a funeral fire, and further
evidence of interments will exist within the mound and upon the old
land surface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Marriott, Reverend W , The Antiquities of Lyme, (1810), 375-384
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 5/1/0, Gt Manchester SMR, Barrow at Brown Low, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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