Two bowl barrows, one 380m west and one 685m north west of Beech Croft


Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Date of most recent amendment:


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows, one 380m west and one 685m north west of Beech Croft
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1016415 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 22-Jul-2019 at 22:02:17.


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

Taunton Deane (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 23574 13170, ST 23788 12791

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 two bowl barrows located 350m west and 650m north west of Beech Croft form part of a larger group of barrows collectively known as Robin Hood's Butts. Both barrows survive well, and, despite part of the ditch on the southern barrow having been cut by a drainage ditch, contain archaeological deposits and environmental evidence relating to the barrows and the wider landscape in which they were constructed.


The monument, which falls into two separate areas, includes two bowl barrows forming part of a group of nine round barrows known as Robin Hood's Butts located on Brown Down in the eastern region of the Blackdown Hills. The two bowl barrows are aligned broadly from north west to south east. The mound of the northern barrow is approximately 4m high and 36m in diameter. The mound of the southern barrow is approximately 3.5m high and 38m in diameter. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch, approximately 3m wide, from which material was quarried during their construction and which now survive as shallow depressions, giving the barrows maximum overall diameters of 42m and 44m respectively. The ditch on the south side of the southern barrow has been cut by the drainage ditch which runs parallel to the boundary hedge. A report published in 1818 mentions a part excavation of one of the barrows where a cremation was found above a foundation of large stones. It is thought likely that the report refers to the southern barrow where a hollow is visible on the mound. All fenceposts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
Legacy System:


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of Somerset Archaelogical & Natural History Society' in Somerset Barrows, (1969), 37
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of Somerset Archaelogical & Natural History Society' in Somerset Barrows, (1969), 37


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].