Bowl barrow known as The Mound, 700m north east of Stradsett Hall


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010571

Date first listed: 30-Nov-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Jan-1995


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow known as The Mound, 700m north east of Stradsett Hall
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)

Parish: Stradsett

National Grid Reference: TF 67171 06294


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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 bowl barrow 700m north east of Stradsett Hall survives well, and although the irregularity of the western side of the mound suggests that there has been some excavation here, the area of disturbance is limited in relation to the whole. The monument will retain archaeological information concerning its construction and the manner and duration of its use, and evidence for the local environment at and prior to that time will be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the Greensand Belt to the west of the Fenland. The barrow is visible as a flat topped earthen mound c.1.6m in height and covering a circular area c.22m in diameter. The profile of the mound is roughly symmetrical except on the western side, where the slope is shallower and slightly hollowed, indicating that there has been some disturbance in that area, perhaps caused by a limited excavation. The mound is thought to be encircled by a ditch which has become infilled and is no longer visible, although it will survive as a buried feature. It has been suggested that the barrow was reused as the Moot Hill of Clackclose Hundred.

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: 21334

Legacy System: RSM


Williams, JF, 4341: West Norfolk, Stradsett, (1922)

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