Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Bowl barrow, 240m north of The Kennels

A Scheduled Monument in Old Harlow, Essex

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 51.78 / 51°46'48"N

Longitude: 0.1409 / 0°8'27"E

OS Eastings: 547783.619901

OS Northings: 211204.847505

OS Grid: TL477112

Mapcode National: GBR LDK.6G3

Mapcode Global: VHHM7.DJB9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, 240m N of The Kennels

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1950

Last Amended: 24 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017474

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29392

County: Essex

Electoral Ward/Division: Old Harlow

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Harlow St Mary and St Hugh with St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow located to the south of Gilden
Way on the southern outskirts of Old Harlow. It stands on the edge of a slight
plateau overlooking a broad valley to the south west.
The barrow mound is circular in plan and domed in profile, measuring
approximately 25m in diameter and 1.5m in height. The summit, which is
slightly flattened, measures approximately 8m across. The locations of two
minor, unrecorded excavations are marked by a narrow depression ascending the
southern slope and by a small declivity on the summit. The encircling ditch,
from which material would have been quarried for the mound, has long since
been infilled and is no longer visible above ground although it will survive
as a buried feature.
The barrow is reputed to have also served as an Anglo-Saxon moot, or meeting
place, and it is possible that it is the `mound' or `hill' (old English
`hlaew') after which the town of Harlow may be named.

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 240m north of The Kennels is well preserved and will retain
valuable archaeological remains and environmental evidence related to its
construction and to the appearance of the landscape in which it was set. The
monument may also retain some evidence of later use, particularly during the
Anglo-Saxon period when it may have served as a communal meeting place within
the tribal territory or hundred.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Reaney, PH, Place names of Essex, (1935), 36
Davison, K, 'Essex Journal' in Ancient Harlow, , Vol. 8, (1973), 28
Priddy, D, 'East Anglian Archaeology' in The Barrows of East Anglia, , Vol. 12, (1981), 4,18
Schedule entries, SM:20665-7(bowl barrows north and north east of Harlow Hospital), (1993)
Schedule entry SM:24858, Cursus south of Gilden Way, Harlow, Essex, (1994)

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.