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Bowl barrow 25m north west of Stapehill Village Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8029 / 50°48'10"N

Longitude: -1.9329 / 1°55'58"W

OS Eastings: 404827.082722

OS Northings: 100372.945019

OS Grid: SU048003

Mapcode National: GBR 430.J5G

Mapcode Global: FRA 66VZ.0V6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 25m north west of Stapehill Village Hall

Scheduled Date: 28 September 1953

Last Amended: 7 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015789

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27475

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ferndown Town

Built-Up Area: Wimborne Minster

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Hampreston and Stapehill All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow 25m north west of Stapehill Village Hall,
one of a dispersed group of barrows on the former heathland in this area. The
barrow has a mound, 16m in diameter and 1.9m high, surrounded by a quarry
ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This has
become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The
centre of the mound is slightly hollowed, possibly as a result of unrecorded
antiquarian excavation.
All fence posts, concrete steps, gravel surfaces, sheds and the electricity
substation are excluded from the scheduled area although the ground beneath
these features has been 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 25m north west of Stapehill Village Hall is a well preserved
example of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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