Bowl barrow on Old Field, 700m south-east of Ludlow golf course club house


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Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
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SO 49555 77358

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.

The bowl barrow 700m south-east of the golf course, despite being partly mutilated, survives well; it remains a substantial monument and a good example of its class. The monument yielded important archaeological information during the 1884 exploration and further significant archaeological remains will survive. These will provide evidence for the society which built the monument and for the landscape in which it was constructed. It is one of a group of similar monuments occuring in this vicinity and, considered as such, offers, valuable information relating to the land use, social structure and burial practices of the prehistoric community occupying this area of landscape during the Bronze Age.


The monument includes the remains of a large round barrow situated on flat ground between the River Teme to the south-west and River Corve to the north-east. The barrow mound, though damaged in the north and south-east quadrants, remains visible as a well-defined mound 35m in diameter and up to 3.4m high. Although no longer visible at surface level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature some 3m wide. On the north side of the mound an old excavation trench has been driven from the perimeter of the mound into the centre at ground level. This probably represents the site of an excavation by C Fortey in 1884. Finds from this excavation included a cinerary urn, which was shattered during the digging, found some 2ft from the mound summit and a cremated burial in a cist located at a depth of 7ft. A second larger excavation, possibly also associated with the 1884 works, has removed much of the south-east segment of the mound down to ground level. However as there is no spoil from this excavation it seems more probable that this mutilation is associated with the construction of the golf course.

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.


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Books and journals
Fortey, C, 'TSAS' in , , Vol. VIII, (1885), 445-9


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.

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