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Lord's Barrow: a bowl barrow 500m north of Northground Dairy

A Scheduled Monument in Owermoigne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6564 / 50°39'22"N

Longitude: -2.316 / 2°18'57"W

OS Eastings: 377758.203679

OS Northings: 84123.077165

OS Grid: SY777841

Mapcode National: GBR 108.P9S

Mapcode Global: FRA 671B.MJY

Entry Name: Lord's Barrow: a bowl barrow 500m north of Northground Dairy

Scheduled Date: 14 August 1958

Last Amended: 5 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013341

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21906

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Owermoigne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Owermoigne St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Lord's Barrow, one of a line of
ridge top barrows which overlooks Owermoigne and the marshes of Galton Heath
to its north, and the rivulets and springs of the Chaldon Herring valley to
the south.
The barrow has a mound and surrounding ditch. The barrow mound is 22m in
diameter and stands to a height of c.3.5m. The ditch, from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This
is no longer visible at ground level, having been infilled over the years, but
survives as a buried feature c.4m wide. A concrete structure has been built
over the west part of the ditch.
The concrete structure and the ground beneath it are excluded from the
scheduling. The post and wire fences which cross the monument are excluded
from the scheduling, but the ground beneath them is included.

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

Despite some damage to Lord's Barrow, and the fact that the east side has been
truncated by a road, the barrow survives well and contains archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape
in which it was constructed. This is one of numerous barrows which survive
locally adding to the understanding of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
RCHME, , 'South-East part 3' in County of Dorset, , Vol. 2, (1970)

Source: Historic England

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