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Bowl barrow on Lockyer's Hill, 820m south west of Lower Woodbury Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7359 / 50°44'9"N

Longitude: -2.1944 / 2°11'39"W

OS Eastings: 386376.16315

OS Northings: 92937.810328

OS Grid: SY863929

Mapcode National: GBR 20S.XNN

Mapcode Global: FRA 6794.DXR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Lockyer's Hill, 820m south west of Lower Woodbury Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1962

Last Amended: 13 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015363

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28374

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bere Regis

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bere Regis St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge, known as Lockyer's
Hill, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the south west.
The barrow, commonly known as Yon Barrow, has a mound composed of earth, sand
and turf, with maximum dimensions of 15m in diameter and c.2.45m in height.
The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. The ditch which is visible as an earthwork 1.5m wide and c.0.5m

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 on Lockyer's Hill, 820m south west of Lower Woodbury Farm,
survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention 1902 survey by OS, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention name Yon Barrow, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey by RCHME in 1952, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey of ditch by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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