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Barrow, south of Radwell

A Scheduled Monument in Letchworth Grange, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 52.0012 / 52°0'4"N

Longitude: -0.2036 / 0°12'13"W

OS Eastings: 523412.760002

OS Northings: 235160.64451

OS Grid: TL234351

Mapcode National: GBR J6Q.HBH

Mapcode Global: VHGNF.FY6S

Entry Name: Barrow, south of Radwell

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012366

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20615

County: Hertfordshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Letchworth Grange

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Norton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans


The barrow is situated north-east of Letchworth, 200m west of the A1 (M). It
consists of a hemispherical earth mound between 0.5m and 0.7m high and c.12m
in diameter. A shallow ditch surrounds the mound is approximately 2.5m in
width and 0.10m in depth.

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

Source: Historic England

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