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Bowl barrow 160m south east of Wharf Farm

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Nottinghamshire

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Latitude: 53.0427 / 53°2'33"N

Longitude: -0.8709 / 0°52'15"W

OS Eastings: 475799.360916

OS Northings: 350088.940543

OS Grid: SK757500

Mapcode National: GBR BKM.8N0

Mapcode Global: WHFHN.LSJ8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 160m south east of Wharf Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 February 1953

Last Amended: 22 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017563

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29903

County: Nottinghamshire

Civil Parish: East Stoke

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Farndon with Thorpe

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham


The monument includes the earthwork and below ground remains of a bowl barrow,
situated on a natural hillock approximately 160m south east of Wharf Farm. The
monument has a sub-circular low mound about 25m in diameter. Originally the
mound would have been surrounded by a ditch but this is no longer visible.
Despite being degraded by ploughing, the profile of the mound is still just
visible against the skyline.

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 160m south east of Wharf Farm is a rare example of this type
of monument in Nottinghamshire. Although the mound will have spread because of
ploughing, the deposits beneath the mound will be preserved and the
surrounding ditch will survive beneath the plough zone.

Source: Historic England

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