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Gallowsclough Cob bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Delamere and Oakmere, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.2374 / 53°14'14"N

Longitude: -2.6457 / 2°38'44"W

OS Eastings: 357002.350592

OS Northings: 371348.776038

OS Grid: SJ570713

Mapcode National: GBR 7M.05VK

Mapcode Global: WH999.BWDH

Entry Name: Gallowsclough Cob bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 January 1962

Last Amended: 1 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011121

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22594

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Delamere and Oakmere

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Delamere St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is Gallowsclough Cob bowl barrow. It is located on a local high
point and includes an oval-shaped earthen mound up to 0.8m high with maximum
dimensions of 30m by 23m. Limited excavation in 1960 found the barrow to be
kerbed with turf. This excavation located the primary cremation burial of a
young adult approximately 2m south-south-west of the barrow's centre, and an
incomplete secondary burial consisting of various parts of an adult skeleton
near the top of the barrow.

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 limited excavation and spreading of the monument by
ploughing, Gallowsclough Cob bowl barrow survives reasonably well. This
excavation located human remains, and further evidence of interments will
exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Forde-Jonston, , 'Trans Lancs & Chesh Antiq Soc' in , , Vol. 70, (1960), 74-83
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 2, (1882), 2
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref No. SJ 57 SE 2, Ordnance Survey, Gallowsclough Cob Round Barrow With Primary & Secondary Burials, (1976)

Source: Historic England

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