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Bowl barrow 270m south east of Holy Cross Abbey

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8001 / 50°48'0"N

Longitude: -1.9227 / 1°55'21"W

OS Eastings: 405542.848487

OS Northings: 100057.981231

OS Grid: SU055000

Mapcode National: GBR 431.LQY

Mapcode Global: FRA 66VZ.JR2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 270m south east of Holy Cross Abbey

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 25 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017692

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29562

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ferndown Town

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Hampreston and Stapehill All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow 270m south east of Holy Cross Abbey,
situated on a prominent spur with extensive views to the south west. The
barrow has a mound, 25m in diameter and 1.8m high, surrounded by a quarry
ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This has
become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature approximately
3m wide.
All fence posts and drains are excluded from the scheduling although the
ground beneath these features is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 270m south east of Holy Cross Abbey, is one of a dispersed
group of barrows on the heathlands of this area and is a well preserved
example of its class. It will contain archaeological remains providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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