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Bowl barrow 120m south west of Dorrington Cottage, Pipe Gate

A Scheduled Monument in Woore, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.9602 / 52°57'36"N

Longitude: -2.3952 / 2°23'42"W

OS Eastings: 373551.733403

OS Northings: 340383.099502

OS Grid: SJ735403

Mapcode National: GBR 7Z.KDQV

Mapcode Global: WH9BS.5VQK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m south west of Dorrington Cottage, Pipe Gate

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016829

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32302

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Woore

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Mucklestone St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl
barrow situated in an area of undulating land at the top of a slight rise,
with the ground falling away to the south and east. From this location there
are good views of the surrounding countryside, especially the higher ground to
the south of the River Tern.
The barrow mound is of earthen construction. It is about 38m in diameter and
survives to a height of 1.2m having been spread and reduced in height by
ploughing. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which
material was quarried during the construction of the barrow, surrounds the
mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature, approximately 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 120m south west of Dorrington Cottage is a reasonably well-
preserved example of this class of monument. Despite damage from ploughing,
the remains of the barrow are significant, and will retain evidence for its
method of construction as well as the burial or burials within it. These
remains will advance our understanding of Bronze Age society, including the
ritual practices and technical abilities of these people. The accumulated
ditch fills will preserve environmental evidence for the activities which took
place at the site during the construction of the barrow, and its subsequent
use. In addition, the buried ground surface beneath the mound will preserve
evidence for the landscape in which the barrow was built.
The barrow is one of the largest surviving examples in this area, in a region
where the majority of similar monuments have been levelled by ploughing.

Source: Historic England

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