Bowl barrow 180m south-east of the Izaak Walton Hotel


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008959

Date first listed: 16-Dec-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 180m south-east of the Izaak Walton Hotel
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District Authority)

Parish: Ilam

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 14487 50644

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 past ploughing of the barrow and minor damage to the south-western edge of the mound caused by the proximity of a road, the bowl barrow 180m south-east of the Izaak Walton Hotel survives well. It is a rare survival in Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits.


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 180m south-east of the Izaak Walton Hotel on a low spur in the valley above the confluence of the rivers Dove and Manifold. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.4m high with maximum dimensions of 21m by 15m. The extreme south-westerly edge of the barrow has been partly truncated by an adjacent road. The monument is not known to have been excavated. A post and wire fence running along the barrows south-western side close to the road is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath it 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: 22401

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

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