Henge monument 500m north west of Low Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009789

Date first listed: 23-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Feb-1995


Ordnance survey map of Henge monument 500m north west of Low Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Hutton Conyers

National Grid Reference: SE 35250 73533


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Reasons for Designation

Henges are ritual or ceremonial centres which date to the Late Neolithic period (2800-2000 BC). They were constructed as roughly circular or oval- shaped enclosures comprising a flat area over 20m in diameter enclosed by a ditch and external bank. One, two or four entrances provided access to the interior of the monument, which may have contained a variety of features including timber or stone circles, post or stone alignments, pits, burials or central mounds. Finds from the ditches and interiors of henges provide important evidence for the chronological development of the sites, the types of activity that occurred within them and the nature of the environment in which they were constructed. Henges occur throughout England with the exception of south-eastern counties and the Welsh Marches. They are generally situated on low ground, often close to springs and water-courses. Henges are rare nationally with about 80 known examples. As one of the few types of identified Neolithic structures and in view of their comparative rarity, all henges are considered to be of national importance.

Although reduced by agricultural activity, this monument is still preserved as an earthwork enclosure and further details can be clearly seen on aerial photographs. Significant information about its form and function will be preserved within the bank and ditch. As part of a wider group of monuments in this area, this site will provide important insights into the study of a ritual landscape in the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a henge monument lying on undulating land in the Vale of Mowbray. The monument comprises a subcircular enclosure formed by a prominent single bank lying between two ditches. The bank is 45m wide and stands to a maximum height of 3m. The inner ditch, which remains as a slight hollow, is 5m wide. The outer ditch has become infilled over the years but it remains clear on aerial photographs. The inner enclosure of the henge, within the inner ditch, has a diameter of 80m. Overall the monument has an external diameter ranging from 240m to 254m. Access into the enclosure was provided by two entrances, one in the north and one in the south. Each remains visible as a break in the enclosing bank. Adjacent to these breaks, the ditches have been infilled to provide access causeways. The monument is one of a series of henge monuments located in the Vale of Mowbray. These henges are also associated with other contemporary monuments and groups of later round barrows. The study of these monuments provides important information about their nature and function within a wider ritual landscape. The monument is crossed by two modern fence lines. 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.


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Legacy System number: 25578

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Harding, A, Lee, G E, 'Henge Monuments and Related Sites in Great Britain' in Henge Monuments and Related Sites in Great Britain, , Vol. BAR 175, (1987), 308
CUCAP DR 53; AAA 92; ATG 73, (1959)
Manby T G, The Lowlands and eastern Foothills, 1993,

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