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Bowl barrow 380m west of Holy Cross Abbey

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8028 / 50°48'10"N

Longitude: -1.9297 / 1°55'47"W

OS Eastings: 405047.175468

OS Northings: 100365.722178

OS Grid: SU050003

Mapcode National: GBR 430.QXJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 66VZ.223

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 380m west of Holy Cross Abbey

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1960

Last Amended: 7 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015790

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27476

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


This monument includes a bowl barrow 380m west of Holy Cross Abbey, one of a
dispersed group of barrows on the former heathland in this area. The barrow
has a mound which is 14m in diameter and c.1m high, surrounded by a quarry
ditch from which material was excavated during the construction of the
monument. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried
feature 2m 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 380m west of Holy Cross Abbey 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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