Bowl barrow 120m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007637

Date first listed: 30-May-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Feb-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 120m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm
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Location

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

District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Delamere

National Grid Reference: SJ 56717 67028

Summary

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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 surface erosion of the monument's centre, the bowl barrow 120m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival in Cheshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

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Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located 120m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm. It includes an earthen mound measuring 20m in diameter and up to 1m high with an erosion hollow approximately 2m in diameter at the centre. It was originally one of a group of seven barrows known collectively as the Seven Lows. Of these only five remain identifiable. A telegraph pole located on the barrow's eastern side is excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath is included.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 23650

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Longley, D, The Victoria History of the County of Chester: Volume I, (1987), 83
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 2, (1882), 2
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
FMW Report, Capstick, B., Round Barrows at Seven Lows, (1986)
Ref No. SJ 56 NE 4, Ordnance Survey, Seven Lows - 2 Round barrows and sites of 5 round barrows,
SMR No. 840/1/5, Cheshire SMR, Seven Lows, (1988)

End of official listing