Bowl barrow at Fenny Drayton


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010198

Date first listed: 07-Jul-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Feb-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow at Fenny Drayton
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Leicestershire

District: Hinckley and Bosworth (District Authority)

Parish: Witherley

National Grid Reference: SP 35608 97250


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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 barrow at Fenny Drayton survives well and is one of the few barrows in Leicestershire which still exists as an earthwork.


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The monument at Fenny Drayton includes a substantial earthwork barrow and is situated alongside the Roman Mancetter Road 0.5km east of Fenny Drayton.

The barrow is roughly round measuring 25m in diameter at the base and about 2.5m high with a flat top measuring 8m across. There is no evidence for a surrounding ditch.

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: 17078

Legacy System: RSM

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