Bowl barrow 140m south-east of Fishpool Lane Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007638
Date first listed: 24-Feb-1978
Date of most recent amendment: 21-Feb-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: SJ 56714 66992
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
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.
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
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: 23651
Legacy System: RSM
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)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing