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Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Alpraham, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.1349 / 53°8'5"N

Longitude: -2.6371 / 2°38'13"W

OS Eastings: 357474.789822

OS Northings: 359936.914

OS Grid: SJ574599

Mapcode National: GBR 7N.6FY7

Mapcode Global: WH99W.GGHL

Entry Name: Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 12 February 1958

Last Amended: 1 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011120

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22593

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Alpraham

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Tilstone Fearnall St Jude

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow. It is located on a broad, low
ridge adjacent to a right-angled turn of Vale Road and includes a flat-topped
sand and turf mound 17m in diameter and 1.5m high. Limited excavation during
the 1930's located 12 worked flints within the mound. Two pits, one at the
northern edge of the barrow and the other close to the centre, together with a
line of 4 post holes dug into the buried landsurface, have been attributed to
pre-barrow occupation.

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 excavation of the monument, Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow
survives reasonably well. This excavation located worked flint within the
mound and also indicated that the monument is a rare example of a bowl barrow
having evidence for earlier occupation preserved beneath it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Varley, W J, 'Trans Lancs and Chesh Antiq Soc' in , , Vol. 50, (1935), 97
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Survey Card, Longley, D and Brown, R et al, (1978)

Source: Historic England

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