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Round barrow on Gerrick Moor, 690m south west of Osborne House

A Scheduled Monument in Lockwood, Redcar and Cleveland

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Latitude: 54.497 / 54°29'49"N

Longitude: -0.913 / 0°54'46"W

OS Eastings: 470498.653677

OS Northings: 511838.504905

OS Grid: NZ704118

Mapcode National: GBR QJ2F.4Q

Mapcode Global: WHF8N.Y7DC

Entry Name: Round barrow on Gerrick Moor, 690m south west of Osborne House

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018803

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32001

County: Redcar and Cleveland

Civil Parish: Lockwood

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Moorsholm

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on a north facing slope at the
top of a ridge on the north edge of the North York Moors. The barrow has an
earthen mound 17m in diameter and standing up to 1.1m high. Unlike many other
barrows in this area the mound has not been excavated.
The barrow lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments, including further
barrows, field systems and clearance cairns.

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

Unlike many barrows in this area the barrow 690m south west of Osborne House
has not been excavated and despite limited animal disturbance it survives
well. The archaeological deposits will be in a good state of preservation and
evidence for the date and original form of the barrow and the burials placed
within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use will survive
beneath the barrow mound. The barrow is situated within a group of monuments
which includes a cross ridge dyke, a pair of hut circles and further burial
monuments. Such groupings of monuments offer important scope for the study of
the distribution of prehistoric activity across the landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Vyner, B E, 'CBA Research Report 101: Moorland Monuments' in The Brides Of Place: Cross-Ridge Boundaries Reviewed, , Vol. 101, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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