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Round barrow known as Binsoe Hill, south of Binsoe Hill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in West Tanfield, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2144 / 54°12'51"N

Longitude: -1.6169 / 1°37'0"W

OS Eastings: 425078.328654

OS Northings: 479920.167644

OS Grid: SE250799

Mapcode National: GBR KM4Q.Q0

Mapcode Global: WHC7F.4B9H

Entry Name: Round barrow known as Binsoe Hill, south of Binsoe Hill Farm

Scheduled Date: 18 December 1946

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016425

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31355

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: West Tanfield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes the prehistoric round barrow known as Binsoe Hill. It is
located on a gentle south facing slope in undulating land in the vale of
Mowbray. The barrow is one of a number of similar prehistoric mouments in the
The barrow includes a substantial earth and stone mound standing over 7m in
height. The mound is oval in shape and is highest at the east side. It
measures 50m north east to south west by 30m north west to south east. The
mound has been dug into on the south east and south west sides leaving large
hollows and obscuring the original shape of the barrow. There is no evidence
that the mound was surrounded by a ditch.
A small reservoir built into the north east flank of the mound, a wooden shed
on a concrete plinth and a ruined wall around the southern edge of the
monument 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.

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

Despite limited disturbance, Binsoe Hill round barrow survives well.
Significant information about the original form, burials placed within it and
evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved.
The barrow is part of a wider group of prehistoric monuments in the area; such
groupings offer important scope for the study of land use for social and
ritual purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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