Bowl barrow at junction of Crofts End and Bedford Road


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010190

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jun-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow at junction of Crofts End and Bedford Road
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Sherington

National Grid Reference: SP 89371 46435


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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 the close proximity of road construction, the monument survives comparatively well and will contain primary archaeological deposits and some possibility of evidence for past environmental conditions from the sealed surface beneath the mound and the ditch fills. It is one of few well- preserved barrows to survive in the county.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow known locally as the `Sherington barrow'. It lies in the angle between Crofts End road and Bedford road on ground falling to the west. The barrow mound survives well as an earthen mound 21m in diameter and up to 1.7m high. The perimeter of the north-east quadrant of the mound is overlain by the field boundary, the mound extending into the road verge as a slight ground rise. Remnants of the surrounding ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the mound, are visible as a low earthwork 2m wide and 0.1m deep around the south and east sides of the mound. Elsewhere it survives as a buried feature of similar width.

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: 19045

Legacy System: RSM


NAR SP 84 NE 7,

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