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Grindlow bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1996 / 53°11'58"N

Longitude: -1.6981 / 1°41'53"W

OS Eastings: 420262.957023

OS Northings: 366987.964672

OS Grid: SK202669

Mapcode National: GBR 46M.HHH

Mapcode Global: WHCD6.WVK0

Entry Name: Grindlow bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 3 July 1933

Last Amended: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011859

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13363

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Bakewell

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bakewell All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Grindlow bowl barrow is situated on the eastern shelves south of Wye Dale on
the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a large
sub-circular cairn measuring 27m by 23.5m and surviving to a height of c.1.5m.
Formerly, the barrow would have been somewhat higher and more uniformly round.
However, the site has been ploughed over in the past, as can be seen from the
remains of ridge and furrow over and around the mound. In 1849 a partial
excavation of the barrow was carried out by Thomas Bateman and a broken flint
lancehead was found along with the disturbed remains of at least one
inhumation. From this, a Bronze Age date has been assigned to 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

Although the surface of Grindlow bowl barrow has been disturbed by ploughing,
significant areas of the monument remain intact, including the old land

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, T, Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills, (1861), 48
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 82

Source: Historic England

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