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Barrow, 350m east of Harptree Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2688 / 51°16'7"N

Longitude: -2.6605 / 2°39'37"W

OS Eastings: 354014.769223

OS Northings: 152387.728402

OS Grid: ST540523

Mapcode National: GBR MM.0CRS

Mapcode Global: VH89K.TCVP

Entry Name: Barrow, 350m east of Harptree Lodge

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015921

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29040

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated 350m east of Harptree Lodge, and
200m south east of the southern Priddy Circle. Approximately 20m in diameter,
the barrow stands prominently 1.5m-2m in height, and is surmounted by four
converging boundary walls. It is mentioned as Castle Barrow or Froom Barrow in
18th Century Perambulations.
Excluded from the scheduling are all walls and fences, though the ground
beneath them is 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 east of Harptree Lodge, survives as a good example of
its type, and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating
both to this monument and to the landscape in which it was constructed. The
barrow is located in an area where there is a concentration of Neolithic
burial and ritual monuments.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. 115, (1971), 67,99
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()

Source: Historic England

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