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Foxcote Grove bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Withington, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8549 / 51°51'17"N

Longitude: -1.9857 / 1°59'8"W

OS Eastings: 401079.621659

OS Northings: 217363.44703

OS Grid: SP010173

Mapcode National: GBR 2MV.NSM

Mapcode Global: VHB1Y.JMLX

Entry Name: Foxcote Grove bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1948

Last Amended: 11 January 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016831

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31932

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Withington

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Withington St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes the surviving portion of a bowl barrow standing at the
southern edge of Foxcote Grove, at the crest of a hill in the Cotswolds. The
barrow has a mound which measures 12m from east to west, but only 7m north to
south, as the southern portion of the barrow appears to have been destroyed
when it was opened in 1863. The mound stands to about 2m in height, and there
are traces of a 1.5m wide ditch around the barrow mound, except on its
southern side. A drystone wall runs immediately to the south of the mound,
possibly revetting the surviving portion.
Material is known to have been removed from the barrow for road building in
1863. An inhumation burial of a young female was revealed, which is now
thought to have been intrusive, while in another part of the barrow 300-400
Roman coins were discovered, almost all dating to the fourth century AD.
The revetment wall is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath it 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

The bowl barrow at Foxcote Grove survives reasonably well, despite a third of
the monument having been removed in the 19th century. The surviving part of
the barrow will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to
the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
O`Neil, H E, Grinsell, L V, 'Proc of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch Soc' in Gloucestershire Barrows, , Vol. LXXIX, (1960), 10-144

Source: Historic England

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