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Bowl barrow 610m south west of Springhill Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Clun, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.4095 / 52°24'34"N

Longitude: -3.1037 / 3°6'13"W

OS Eastings: 325019.25327

OS Northings: 279625.398273

OS Grid: SO250796

Mapcode National: GBR B2.P6K3

Mapcode Global: VH768.5P1R

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 610m south west of Springhill Cottage

Scheduled Date: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017334

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32290

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Clun

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Llanfair Waterdine

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl
barrow. It is situated on top of a small ridge near to the head of the valley
on the western side of Llanfair Hill where the ground slopes away to the east
and west. From the barrow there are extensive views of the countryside to the
The barrow mound is of earth and stone construction, about 14m in diameter and
survives to a height of 0.7m. 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.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
them 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 barrow 610m south west of Springhill Cottage is a well-preserved
example of this class of monument. The barrow mound 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 the people who constructed the
barrow. The accumulated ditch fills will preserve 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 of the prehistoric landscape in which the barrow was built.
The prominent position of the monument makes it a clearly visible landmark.

Source: Historic England

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