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Bowl barrow on Little Toyd Down, 650m south west of Grims Lodge Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stratford Toney, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.0017 / 51°0'6"N

Longitude: -1.8628 / 1°51'46"W

OS Eastings: 409721.059841

OS Northings: 122487.031974

OS Grid: SU097224

Mapcode National: GBR 40S.3W1

Mapcode Global: FRA 66ZG.J37

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Little Toyd Down, 650m south west of Grims Lodge Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 April 1956

Last Amended: 21 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015704

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26816

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Stratford Toney

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Coombe Bisset with Homington St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow lying in a prominent position on a south
facing slope immediately below the crest of Little Toyd Down. The barrow
includes a mound 20m in diameter which, despite erosion by cultivation, still
survives to a height of 0.5m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which
material for its construction was quarried. This has become almost entirely
infilled but survives as a buried feature approximately 3m wide.

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 650m south west of Grims Lodge Farm is, despite erosion caused
by cultivation, a comparatively well preserved example of its class and will
include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age
beliefs, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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