Bowl barrow on Synald's Knoll, 1000m south of the Midland Gliding clubhouse.


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007350

Date first listed: 21-Oct-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Synald's Knoll, 1000m south of the Midland Gliding clubhouse.
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Myndtown

National Grid Reference: SO 40380 90546

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.

Although the barrow 1000m south of the Gliding Club is small and has suffered some limited disturbance to its upper central area, it will retain primary archaeological deposits and environmental evidence sealed on the old land surface beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments on The Long Mynd and, as such, contributes information relating to the land-use and intensity of settlement of this area of upland during the Bronze Age.


The monument includes a small bowl barrow situated on a north-east facing hillslope. The barrow is visible as a well defined, slightly elongated, earthen mound with dimensions of 8m downslope, east to west, by 7m across the slope, north to south. It stands to a height of 0.9m with the summit hollowed by past exploration to form a small central depression 2m in diameter and 0.2m deep. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled with the passage of time but survives as a buried feature some 2m wide.

MAP EXTRACT 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.


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

Legacy System number: 19108

Legacy System: RSM

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