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Bowl barrow 325m south of Hurlingbarrow

A Scheduled Monument in St. Agnes, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2946 / 50°17'40"N

Longitude: -5.1923 / 5°11'32"W

OS Eastings: 172726.134506

OS Northings: 48719.776945

OS Grid: SW727487

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.XF6D

Mapcode Global: FRA 0808.2YY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 325m south of Hurlingbarrow

Scheduled Date: 21 December 1976

Last Amended: 24 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016058

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29607

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Agnes

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Agnes

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the eastern edge of a field
300m south of Hurlingbarrow. The barrow mound stands 2.9m high with a rounded
appearance and has a slight central depression probably caused by part
excavation in antiquity. It has a diameter of 18m although it has been
truncated on its eastern side by a track. There are no indications of a
surrounding ditch. An urn was reported to have been excavated from this barrow
although there are no further details. It was described as the`middle barrow'
by Thomas in 1851 and may well be the barrow from which a ball was thrown in
the ancient game of hurling - hence Hurlingbarrow.
A further barrow at Mingoose 350m to the south is the subject of a separate

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 barrow south of Hurlingbarrow survives well and will retain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which
it was constructed. The barrow is believed to be associated with the game of
hurling from which the place-name of Hurlingbarrow derives. This is one of a
group of three barrows recorded in the vicinity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Henderson, C, 'Parochial Antiquities' in MSS, , Vol. III, (1930), 187
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of St Agnes, (1962), 116
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of St Agnes, (1962), 113
Rees, E, DOE Record Form, (1976)

Source: Historic England

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