Three round barrows 800m north east of Littlewood Lodge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007573

Date first listed: 26-Jun-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Sep-1993


Ordnance survey map of Three round barrows 800m north east of Littlewood Lodge
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bishop Burton

National Grid Reference: SE 95646 37771

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 partial excavation and plough damage these barrows remain visible and will retain archaeological information on the manner and duration of their usage. Information on the inter-relationship between individual barrows within the monument will be preserved, as will information on their relationship to adjacent barrows.


The monument includes three prehistoric round barrows, members of a group on this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The north-western barrow mound is 0.3m high and 35m in diameter; the north-eastern is 0.25m high and 13m in diameter, and the southern is 1m high and 40m in diameter. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the monument, surrounds each of the barrow mounds. These have become infilled over the years but survive as buried features 4m wide. In 1876 the antiquarian Canon William Greenwell investigated two of the barrow mounds. In the north-eastern barrow he found one cremnation and a number of worked flints, including a saw, while the southern produced only a single cremation.

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: 21141

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
'Beverley Guardian' in Beverley Guardian, (1876), 2
'ERAST' in ERAST, , Vol. 14, (1907), 58
Greenwell, W, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , (1890), 37
Greenwell, W, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , (1890), 36 - 37
3771, Humberside SMR,

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