Long barrow, Winterbourne


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1005623

Date first listed: 26-Apr-1955


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Pitton and Farley

National Grid Reference: SU 21573 32959


Bowl barrow 655m west of Dunstable Farm.

Reasons for Designation

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. 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. Despite reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation the bowl barrow 655m west of Dunstable Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 16 July 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the rolling downland countryside in and around Winterbourne Down. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring up to 29m long by 24m wide and up to 1m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. It has been variously interpreted in the past as a long barrow or two confluent bowl barrows. It is known locally as ‘Crow’s Rump’.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: WI 354

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


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Wiltshire HER SU23SW600

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