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Auctioneer's Mound; a bowl barrow 70m north east of St John the Baptist's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Loggerheads, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9254 / 52°55'31"N

Longitude: -2.3532 / 2°21'11"W

OS Eastings: 376352.160381

OS Northings: 336505.738979

OS Grid: SJ763365

Mapcode National: GBR 03Q.RVC

Mapcode Global: WH9BZ.TQMN

Entry Name: Auctioneer's Mound; a bowl barrow 70m NE of St John the Baptist's Church

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1967

Last Amended: 21 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011065

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21530

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Loggerheads

Built-Up Area: Ashley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ashley St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument has been identified as a bowl barrow and is situated 70m
north east of St John the Baptist's Church in the village of Ashley. The
mound stands to a height of 1.8m and is 20m in diameter; it is 9m in
diameter across its flattened top. Although no longer visible at ground level,
a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but
survives as a buried feature, approximately 3m wide. The monument is known
locally as the 'Auctioneer's Mound' and is the setting for a church service
once a year on Plough Sunday.
The fence posts on the south eastern edge of the monument are excluded from
the scheduling, but the ground beneath these features is included.

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

Auctioneer's Mound is well preserved and will retain important evidence for
the character and duration of its use and of the environment in which it was
created. The monument has been reused over an extended period of time and has
a recognised place in the activities of the modern community.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Gunstone, A J H, 'The North Staffordshire Journal of Field Studies' in An Archaeological Gazetter of Staffordshire: The Barrows, , Vol. 5, (1965), 32

Source: Historic England

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