Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Bowl barrow known as Priestcliffe Low, 200m west of Low End Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Taddington, Derbyshire

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 53.244 / 53°14'38"N

Longitude: -1.7992 / 1°47'56"W

OS Eastings: 413498.7306

OS Northings: 371908.7784

OS Grid: SK134719

Mapcode National: GBR HZWX.8T

Mapcode Global: WHCCZ.BQHF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as Priestcliffe Low, 200m west of Low End Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 October 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020304

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31302

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Taddington

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Taddington St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow known as Priestcliffe Low,
comprising a mound of earth and limestone standing in an elevated area
directly to the east of a steep escarpment. The mound measures 23.5m by 19m
and stands 1.5m high, appearing well defined and carefully constructed.
The location of the monument confers extensive views in all directions and the
barrow is easily visible from much of the surrounding area. The monument is
associated with a spring that rises some 80m to the east of the mound. Small
areas of the northern and western limits of the mound have been quarried,
almost certainly to build the drystone wall that runs north-south across the
eastern side of the monument. A minor disturbance to the centre of the mound
is indicative of an antiquarian excavation, and may represent the excavations
of September 1846 documented by Thomas Bateman.
Bateman's investigation revealed the remains of a cremation and a fragment of
decorated funerary urn.
As an isolated monument, Priestcliffe Low is indicative of the ceremonial use
of this area during the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age.
Excluded from the scheduling is the drystone wall that crosses the monument,
although the ground beneath it is included.

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 known as Priestcliffe Low, 200m west of Low End Farm, is
important as a surviving example of a bowl barrow in good condition. Although
disturbed at the centre, much of the monument remains intact and will contain
undisturbed archaeological information, possibly secondary cremations or

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989), 5:9
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989), 5:9
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 95
Bevan, W J, Sidebottom, P, Priestcliffe Hall Farm Archaeological Survey 1995, (1995), 7,16-17
Title: Priestcliffe Hall Farm Archaeological Survey 1995
Source Date: 1995
Survey plan (illustration 8)

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.