Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 300m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008072
Date first listed: 22-Feb-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: High Peak (District Authority)
Parish: Hope Woodlands
National Park: PEAK DISTRICT
National Grid Reference: SK 17286 87724
Reasons for Designation
Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.
This round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture is very well-preserved and, rarely for Peak District burial mounds, appears to have escaped excavation in the 19th century and so contains intact archaeological remains.
The monument is a well-preserved gritstone round cairn situated in Bridge-end
Pasture, above the Hope Valley in the northern gritstone moors of Derbyshire.
It includes a roughly circular hemispherical mound with a diameter of 8m by 7m
and a height of c.0.5m. No excavation of the site has been carried out but its
location and appearance assign it to the Bronze Age.
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: 23275
Legacy System: RSM
PRN 8211 (mention only), (1984)
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