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Parley Barrow, a bowl barrow on the corner of Ellesfield Drive and Druid's Close

A Scheduled Monument in West Parley, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7876 / 50°47'15"N

Longitude: -1.8894 / 1°53'21"W

OS Eastings: 407890.421965

OS Northings: 98678.386928

OS Grid: SZ078986

Mapcode National: GBR 438.H44

Mapcode Global: FRA 67X0.CQY

Entry Name: Parley Barrow, a bowl barrow on the corner of Ellesfield Drive and Druid's Close

Scheduled Date: 8 October 1928

Last Amended: 16 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015792

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27478

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: West Parley

Built-Up Area: Ferndown

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: West Parley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes Parley Barrow, a bowl barrow on the corner of Ellesfield
Drive and Druid's Close, one of a dispersed group of barrows on the former
heathland on Parley Common. The barrow has a mound, 32m in diameter and 2.5m
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.3m wide. A second barrow c.45m to the south east was
destroyed over 25 years ago prior to the construction of the housing estate
and is not included in the scheduling. All fence posts, pavements, road and
drive surfaces and built garden structures 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

Parley Barrow on the corner of Ellesfield Drive and Druid's Close is a well
preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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