Bush Barrow: a bowl barrow 650m north east of Chideock Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008682

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bush Barrow: a bowl barrow 650m north east of Chideock Farm
© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1008682 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 14-Dec-2018 at 20:35:00.


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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: Chaldon Herring

National Grid Reference: SY 79951 81987


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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 evidence for partial excavation, Bush Barrow survives well and contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. This is one of numerous barrows which survive locally and, as such, will contribute to our understanding of Bronze Age settlement in the area.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on chalk downland behind the coastal ridge, c.1.2km north of the Dorset coast. The barrow mound measures 25m diameter and stands to 2.5m high. A slight hollow in the centre of the mound suggests partial excavation, although no records of this are known. The ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the mound, can no longer be seen at ground level having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.5m in width. The posts which surround and protect the barrow from ploughing on its west side are placed 6m away from the mound. These are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath them is included.

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: 21914

Legacy System: RSM

End of official listing