Lower Thorpe bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010435

Date first listed: 19-Feb-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Apr-1992


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

County: Northamptonshire

District: South Northamptonshire (District Authority)

Parish: Thorpe Mandeville

National Grid Reference: SP 53698 45463


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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 Lower Thorpe barrow survives well and is of above average size.


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Lower Thorpe bowl barrow lies 200m to the east of Lower Thorpe Farm and 500m to the north east of Thorpe Mandeville village. This Bronze Age bowl barrow is located on the brow of a hill and can be seen standing as a prominent round mound which is one metre high in the centre and has an overall diameter of 25m. There are traces of a ditch about 2.5m wide on the western side. On the other sides the ditch has been levelled by ploughing but is visible on aerial photographs. It is recorded that in 1806 this field was called Windmill Ground, and it is possible that the barrow was reused as a windmill mound in more recent times.

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: 13669

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, , Archaeological Sites in Northamptonshire

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