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Bowl barrow north of Hill Side Spinney

A Scheduled Monument in Duddington-with-Fineshade, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.5796 / 52°34'46"N

Longitude: -0.5691 / 0°34'8"W

OS Eastings: 497054.440602

OS Northings: 298936.406634

OS Grid: SP970989

Mapcode National: GBR DV9.6XW

Mapcode Global: WHGM8.7F78

Entry Name: Bowl barrow north of Hill Side Spinney

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017544

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13655

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Duddington-with-Fineshade

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Barrowden and Wakerley St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The bowl barrow is located approximately 200m to the north of Hill Side
Spinney, close to Wakerley Great Wood in the parish of Fineshade, and lies
300m west of the main A43 road.
This bowl barrow is situated on a slight rise and, although it is under
cultivation, it is still clearly visible on the ground as a round mound 0.6m
high and 20m in diameter. There is no indication that the make-up of the
barrow mound has been substantially disturbed. Aerial photographs of the
barrow show that the mound is surrounded by a ditch, but this feature cannot
be discerned on the ground.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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

Hill Side Spinney bowl barrow at Fineshade is one of sixteen barrows which are
known to survive as upstanding earthworks in Northamptonshire. Although the
barrow is under cultivation, it is considered that the pre-barrow ground
surface and primary burial will be well preserved beneath the mound.

Source: Historic England


Crop mark ring ditch visible, SMR, SMR Record (3017/0/1),

Source: Historic England

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