Bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009315

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford (District Authority)

Parish: Swynnerton

National Grid Reference: SJ 85955 41709


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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 limited antiquarian investigation and spreading of the monument by ploughing, the bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood survives well. This investigation located human remains together with pottery and flint artefacts. Further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a local high point of a low ridge north of Hargreaves Wood. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions of 30m by 25m. Limited antiquarian investigation located a stone cist containing two cremations, numerous secondary interments, pottery and flint artefacts.

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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Legacy System number: 22426

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Molyneux, W, Early History of Trentham, (1878)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 55, Staffs SMR, Trentham Barrow N. of Hargreaves Wood - Northwood Farm,

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