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Bowl barrow 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8064 / 50°48'22"N

Longitude: -1.8664 / 1°51'58"W

OS Eastings: 409510.523223

OS Northings: 100765.153607

OS Grid: SU095007

Mapcode National: GBR 433.8YG

Mapcode Global: FRA 66ZY.W5V

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 16 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015997

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29554

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ferndown Town

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 a bowl barrow 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm, one
of a dispersed group of barrows on the heathland of Parley Common. The barrow
has a mound, 28m in diameter and c.1.5 high, surrounded by a quarry ditch,
from which material was excavated during its construction. This has become
infilled over time but survives as a buried feature c.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 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm is one of a dispersed
group of barrows on the heathland in this area and is a comparatively well
preserved example of its class. It will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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