Bowl barrow in Stoke Park Playing Field, 400m south of Stoke Park House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009477

Date first listed: 03-Jul-1933

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Oct-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Stoke Park Playing Field, 400m south of Stoke Park House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Buckinghamshire

District: South Bucks (District Authority)

Parish: Stoke Poges

National Grid Reference: SU 97027 82223


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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.

The Stoke Park barrow survives well with little evidence of disturbance of the mound or of the surrounding ditch.


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The monument includes a substantial bowl barrow situated at the summit of a gentle south facing slope in a public recreation ground. The barrow mound has a diameter of 29m and stands to a height of 2.5m. A surrounding ditch, from which material for the mound was quarried, survives as an earthwork 7m wide and 0.3m deep around the north-west and south-west sides; elsewhere it survives as a buried feature having become infilled over the years. In 1911, during the construction of a bunker for the 13th hole of a former golf course, a Late Bronze Age ceramic urn containing fragments of human bone was found in, or in the vicinity of, the mound. The urn is now in the County Museum.

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: 19049

Legacy System: RSM


Acc No 73.11, Acc No 73.11,
SU 98 SE 3, NAR,

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