Bowl barrow at Sutton Cheney


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010199

Date first listed: 29-May-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Feb-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow at Sutton Cheney
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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: Sutton Cheney

National Grid Reference: SK 41405 00619


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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 monument at Sutton Cheney survives in good condition and appears to be largely undisturbed.


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The monument is situated on rising ground north-west of the village of Sutton Cheney next to the Bosworth Road. It is one of two barrows, the second of which is located at the top of the rise to the north.

The barrow is about 2m high and is flat topped. Truncating by the road on the eastern side and landscaping on the northern side has left the barrow with a square appearance measuring approximately 20m on each side but the original plan of the earthwork was circular. There is no indication of a surrounding ditch.

A barrow at Sutton Cheney was opened by Sir John Evans in 1857 and a bronze age bone pin was found. It is not certain however, which barrow the find comes from. The second barrow located 150m to the north is situated in a cultivated field and does not survive well. It is not included in the scheduling.

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: 17081

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Evans, J, The Ancient Stone Implements of Great Britain, (1897), 432

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