Round barrow 1/4 mile (400m) N of Wharton Hall


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007216

Date first listed: 16-Nov-1964


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

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Wharton

National Grid Reference: NY 77054 06597


Round Barrow, 399m north of Wharton Hall.

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. 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 protection.

The round barrow, 399m north of Wharton Hall is well-preserved as an earthwork and will contain archaeological deposits relating to its construction and use and environmental deposits relating to the use of the surrounding landscape. The monument provides insight into the character of funerary rituals during the Bronze Age period.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 25 February 2016. 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.

The monument includes the remains of a round barrow of Bronze Age date, situated on level ground just to the west of the River Eden. The barrow is sub-circular in plan and measures approximately 18m in diameter and 2m in height.


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

Legacy System number: CU 133

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:- 14632

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