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Bowl barrow 250m west of Woeful Lake Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sherborne, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8165 / 51°48'59"N

Longitude: -1.7763 / 1°46'34"W

OS Eastings: 415516.805

OS Northings: 213119.524

OS Grid: SP155131

Mapcode National: GBR 4RC.1QB

Mapcode Global: VHB28.5L9V

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m west of Woeful Lake Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 August 1948

Last Amended: 16 November 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018609

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31933

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Sherborne

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Sherborne St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow on the crest of a hill in the Cotswolds,
about 250m to the west of Woeful Lake Farm. The barrow has a mound measuring
20m in diameter and between 0.5m and 0.6m high. No trace of a ditch is visible
at ground level, but oblique aerial photographs taken in 1994 show the mound
enclosed by a penannular cropmark, indicating the presence of a ditch between
2m and 3m wide. The barrow mound is spread by ploughing. There is no evidence
that the barrow has been excavated in the past.

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

Despite having been spread by ploughing, the bowl barrow 250m west of Woeful
Lake Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological
information and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the
barrow was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Parry, C, Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire: Archaeological Survet 1993-94, (1995), 88

Source: Historic England

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