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Bowl barrow on Haddon Fields

A Scheduled Monument in Over Haddon, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1923 / 53°11'32"N

Longitude: -1.6762 / 1°40'34"W

OS Eastings: 421728.273303

OS Northings: 366187.5894

OS Grid: SK217661

Mapcode National: GBR 57Z.WK9

Mapcode Global: WHCDF.7110

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Haddon Fields

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 8 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017543

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13361

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Over Haddon

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bakewell All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Haddon Fields is located on the eastern shelves south of Wye Dale on the
limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes the northernmost of
two bowl barrows on Haddon Fields and is a sub-circular mound measuring 20.5m
by 13m by c.0.6m high. Formerly, the barrow would have been somewhat higher
and more uniformly round. However, it has been ploughed over in the past
which has caused some distortion of the original form. It may have been the
barrow on Haddon Fields partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1860 in which
was found a contracted skeleton on a bed of charred wood accompanied by a
flint arrowhead, a bone spatula and a bronze awl. This, however, has not been
confirmed and it is the location and appearance of the barrow, and its
proximity to others of the same kind, which date it to the Bronze Age.

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

Although this bowl barrow on Haddon Fields has been disturbed by ploughing and
partial excavation, much of the barrow is still intact and contains
significant archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Abercromby, J, Bronze Age Pottery of the British Isles, (1912)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, T, Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills, (1861)
Clarke, D L, The Beaker Pottery of Great Britain and Ireland, (1970)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)
Fowler, M, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in The Transition From Late Neolithic To Early Br A In The Pk Dist of Derbys, (1955)

Source: Historic England

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