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Four bowl barows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m north west of Clyffe House

A Scheduled Monument in Tolpuddle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7362 / 50°44'10"N

Longitude: -2.3162 / 2°18'58"W

OS Eastings: 377784.2928

OS Northings: 92996.0538

OS Grid: SY777929

Mapcode National: GBR 0Z9.P7L

Mapcode Global: FRA 6714.FGC

Entry Name: Four bowl barows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m north west of Clyffe House

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1961

Last Amended: 22 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016378

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29583

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tolpuddle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tolpuddle St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument, which lies within three areas of protection, includes four bowl
barrows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m west of Clyffe House. The barrows
range in diameter between 12m and 20m and in height between 0.2m and 1.6m. All
are surrounded by quarry ditches from which material was excavated during
their construction. Where these are not visible on the surface they have
become infilled over the years and survive as buried features some 2m wide. A
fifth barrow 100m to the north of the most easterly barrow cannot be
identified on the ground and is not included in the scheduling.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
these features 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 barrows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m west of Clyffe House are
well preserved examples of their class and will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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