Bowl barrow 370m east-south-east of Bearhurst Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007384

Date first listed: 19-Oct-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 370m east-south-east of Bearhurst Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Henbury

National Grid Reference: SJ 87372 72029

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.

Despite limited excavation of this monument, the bowl barrow 370m east-south-east of Bearhurst Farm survives reasonably well. This excavation located human remains, pottery and flint, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


The monument is a bowl barrow located at the end of a low spur of higher ground 370m east-south-east of Bearhurst Farm. It includes a flat-topped circular mound of sand and earth 17m in diameter and up to 1.3m high. Limited excavation of the barrow undertaken during the 1960's located a cremation in a collared urn covered by a round based vessel. The cinerary urn stood in an ash-filled cremation pit. Additionally over 160 flint fragments were also found including a leaf-shaped arrowhead and many triangular points. A fence surrounding the perimeter of the barrow is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath the fence is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 22583

Legacy System: RSM


Correspondence and outline report, Bethall, D & Rowley, G, Henbury, (Macclesfield, Cheshire SJ 874720) - EBA Barrow,
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1369, Cheshire SMR, (1988)

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