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Bowl barrow west of Highfield Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Winwick, Warrington

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Latitude: 53.4342 / 53°26'3"N

Longitude: -2.5828 / 2°34'58"W

OS Eastings: 361376.440642

OS Northings: 393208.596055

OS Grid: SJ613932

Mapcode National: GBR BXDQ.MN

Mapcode Global: WH98C.9YB3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow west of Highfield Lane

Scheduled Date: 25 November 1969

Last Amended: 28 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011124

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22597

County: Warrington

Civil Parish: Winwick

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Winwick St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool


The monument is a bowl barrow located on flat land west of Highfield Lane. It
includes an oval-shaped earthen mound up to 1.2m high with maximum dimensions
of 37m north-south by 25m east-west. Limited antiquarian investigation of the
barrow in 1859 located fragments of funerary urns and cremated human bones.

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 antiquarian investigation and regular
ploughing, the bowl barrow west of Highfield Lane survives reasonably well.
This investigation located human remains and pottery and further evidence of
interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Kendrick, Dr, Syer Cuming, H, 'JBAA' in , , Vol. 16, (1860), 295-6
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ordnance Survey Record Card Ref No. SJ69SW5, Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Record Card Ref No. SJ 69 SW 5,
SMR No. 571/1/1, Cheshire SMR, (1986)

Source: Historic England

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