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Bowl barrow 760m SSE of Old Church

A Scheduled Monument in Brampton, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.9404 / 54°56'25"N

Longitude: -2.7608 / 2°45'38"W

OS Eastings: 351356.592256

OS Northings: 560900.856397

OS Grid: NY513609

Mapcode National: GBR 9C59.2T

Mapcode Global: WH7ZZ.K2KY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 760m SSE of Old Church

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1963

Last Amended: 1 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014584

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27702

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Brampton

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Brampton St Martin

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument includes a bowl barrow located in the shallow valley of Brampton
Beck 760m SSE of St Martin's Church, Old Church. It includes a circular grass-
covered mound of sand and gravel measuring 40m in diameter and up to 3m high.

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

The bowl barrow 760m SSE of Old Church survives well and remains unencumbered
by modern development. It will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits
within the mound and upon the old land surface beneath.

Source: Historic England


AM107 FMW Report, Fairless, K, Two round barrows 1/2 mile (800m) SSE of Old Church, (1993)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 4568, Cumbria SMR, Two round barrows 1/2 mile SSE of Old Church, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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