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Stable Barrow 230m NNE of Frogmore Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7933 / 50°47'35"N

Longitude: -2.2927 / 2°17'33"W

OS Eastings: 379464.413427

OS Northings: 99341.36368

OS Grid: SY794993

Mapcode National: GBR 0YR.35F

Mapcode Global: FRA 662Z.YDG

Entry Name: Stable Barrow 230m NNE of Frogmore Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 November 1961

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014761

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27384

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Milton Abbas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow known as Stable Barrow 230m NNE of
Frogmore Farm, which lies on a south slope just below the summit of a hill on
the parish boundary between Milborne St Andrew and Milton Abbas. The barrow
has a mound which has been ploughed away on its northern and southern sides
resulting in an elongated shape, c.18m by c.9m. The full extent of the
original mound is visible on the southern side as a paler coloured stony patch
on the ploughed surface. There are some large flint nodules visible in the top
of the mound. The ditch surrounding the mound is visible as an intermittent
slight depression in the field particularly on the northern side of the parish
boundary and it will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide. This may be Bagber
Barrow excavated by J C Mansell-Pleydell in the 19th century when it was found
to contain 23 cremation urns, two inverted and the remainder upright and
covered with slabs of sarsen or flint.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
these features is included.

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 230m NNE of Frogmore Farm, although possibly partly excavated
in the 19th century, will contain archaeological remains, providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mansel-Pleydell, J C, 'Procs. Dorset Nat. History and Archaeol. Society' in On a Romano-British Brick Kiln and a British Barrow at Bagber, , Vol. 17, (1896), 131-134

Source: Historic England

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