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Waterman's Lodge bowl barrow, one of a pair of Bronze Age barrows on the western edge of Wychwood Forest

A Scheduled Monument in Chilson, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8604 / 51°51'37"N

Longitude: -1.5186 / 1°31'6"W

OS Eastings: 433248.509566

OS Northings: 218084.653455

OS Grid: SP332180

Mapcode National: GBR 6TS.6X4

Mapcode Global: VHBZN.MHJP

Entry Name: Waterman's Lodge bowl barrow, one of a pair of Bronze Age barrows on the western edge of Wychwood Forest

Scheduled Date: 22 March 1949

Last Amended: 9 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011221

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21773

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Chilson

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Leafield with Wychwood

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes one of a pair of Bronze Age bowl barrows situated 100m
south-east of Waterman's Lodge Farm on the edge of Wychwood Forest. The
barrows are c.80m apart and are separated by a gulley which runs between them
from north-west to south-east.
The barrow mound measures 22m in diameter and stands up to 2m high.
Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was obtained
during the construction of the barrow. This has become partially infilled over
the years but is visible at ground level to the north and east as a slight
earthwork c.3m wide.
The barrow ditch west of the mound has been destroyed by the modern road and
is not included in the scheduling.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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

The Waterman's Lodge bowl barrow is one of a pair of well-preserved Bronze Age
barrows which will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating
to its construction and the landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mudd, A, Round Barrows of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, (1983)
PRN 2296, C.A.O., Waterman's Lodge Round Barrow, (1983)
SP 31 NW /334679, RCHM(E), Round Barrow,
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500
Source Date:

Source: Historic England

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