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Bowl barrow 600m north west of Ladyacre Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Niton and Whitwell, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.5947 / 50°35'41"N

Longitude: -1.2938 / 1°17'37"W

OS Eastings: 450079.254502

OS Northings: 77460.579822

OS Grid: SZ500774

Mapcode National: GBR 8CP.PQ5

Mapcode Global: FRA 875H.HRP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m north west of Ladyacre Farm

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1967

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016717

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30273

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Niton and Whitwell

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Niton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the southern side of an upper
greensand spur approximately 600m north west of Ladyacre Farm. The barrow is
circular in plan and has a low spread mound up to 18m in diameter and a
maximum of 0.3m in height. A ditch, from which material was excavated for
the monument's construction, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled
over the years but survives as a buried feature approximately 2m wide. The
barrow was partially excavated in 1928, finds included a Middle Bronze Age urn
and a female cremation.

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 situated 600m north west of Ladyacre Farm survives
comparatively well and is known from excavation to retain archaeological
information pertaining to its construction and use. In addition the old land
surface sealed beneath the mound is likely to contain environmental evidence
relating to the landscape in which the barrow was placed.

Source: Historic England


English Heritage, AM107 - AA 62545,
Isle of Wight Council, 625,

Source: Historic England

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