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Bowl barrow 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm

List entry Number: 1007638


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cheshire West and Chester

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Delamere

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 24-Feb-1978

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Feb-1994

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 23651

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 partial 19th century quarrying of the monument, the bowl barrow 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm survives reasonably well. This quarrying revealed a cremation urn containing bone, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument is a bowl barrow located 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm. It includes an earthen mound measuring 20m in diameter and up to 0.2m high. During partial 19th century quarrying of the barrow an urn containing bones was found inverted on a flat stone. This urn has a rim circumference of 2ft 7 inches and is 13 inches high. It has a decoration of impressed cord, and hatched triangles alternately upright and inverted on the collar. Fragments of charcoal were also found within the barrow. It was originally one of a group of seven barrows known collectively as the Seven Lows. Of these only five remain identifiable.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Longley, D, Prehistoric Sites in Cheshire, (1979), 31
Thacker, A, The Victoria History of the County of Cheshire, (1987), 83
Egerton, P, 'Arch J' in Arch J, , Vol. 5, (1845), 157-8
Roeder, C, 'TLCAS' in TLCAS, , Vol. 24, (1906), 117-8
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
Mention in SMR No. 840/1/6, Seven Lows,
Ref No. SJ 56 NE 4, Ordnance Survey, Seven Lows - 2 Round barrows and sites of 5 round barrows,
SMR No. 840/1/6, Cheshire SMR, Seven Lows, (1988)

National Grid Reference: SJ 56714 66992


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