Little Painley bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009494

Date first listed: 01-Jan-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Aug-1994


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

County: Lancashire

District: Ribble Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Horton

National Grid Reference: SD 82843 50125


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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 of the monument and a covering of mature trees planted during the 1960s, Little Painley bowl barrow survives reasonably well. This investigation located a cremation urn, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument includes Little Painley bowl barrow located on a local high point to the east of the River Ribble. It includes a circular earth and stone mound measuring c.20m in diameter and up to 0.5m high which is surrounded by a ditch 2.5m wide and 0.5m deep. Flanking this ditch, particularly on the south western side, are traces of an outer bank measuring 2.5m wide by 0.3m high. Limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow located a cremation urn. All post and wire fences are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath these features 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: 23746

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Whittaker, , History of Craven, (1878)
FMW Report, Capstick, B, Little Painley Round Barrow, (1993)
SMR No. 330, Lancs SMR, Little Painley, near Castle Hough, (1993)

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