Bowl barrow 400m west of Bellevue House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008183

Date first listed: 16-Feb-1994


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

District: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Nempnett Thrubwell

National Grid Reference: ST 51234 60246

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 400m west of Bellevue House survives well in an area where few similar monuments are known. It contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a low hill overlooking the valley of Congresbury Yeo River, which is now occupied by a reservoir, 400m west of Bellevue House. The barrow has a mound c.1.2m high and 12m in diameter surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become largely infilled over the years and, although no longer visible at ground level, it survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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: 22824

Legacy System: RSM


Mention by Tratman of the barrow, Mention by Tratman of the barrow,

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