Bowl barrow at Eaton Farm


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

Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Lydbury North
National Grid Reference:
SO 37408 89505

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 surviving portion of the barrow at Eaton Farm is well-preserved. The barrow mound will retain evidence for its method of construction as well as any burials that may exist within it. These remains will advance our understanding of Bronze Age society, including the ritual practices and technical abilities of the people who constructed the barrow. The accumulated ditch fills will preserve environmental evidence for the activities which took place at the site during the construction of the barrow, and its subsequent use. In addition, the buried ground surface beneath the mound will preseve evidence for the prehistoric landscape in which the barrow was built.


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on level ground within a valley 180m south of the River Onney. From this location there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside, especially the Long Mynd to the east.

The barrow mound was orginally circular, and about 30m in diameter. The southern half of the mound remains visible, the other half having been largely removed by road excavations in the mid-19th century. During the course of these excavations human bones, associated burnt material and several urns, ornamented with zigzag patterns, were found. The portion of the barrow mound that survives stands to a height of 2.5m. It is of earthen construction and incorporates some stone.

The road and the verge that lie immediately north of the surviving portion of the barrow mound is about a metre lower than the adjacent present ground level. A brick-built wall has been constructed alongside the verge and acts as a revetment for the barrow mound and the associated underlying deposits.

Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow, lies adjacent to the surviving portion of the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature, approximately 3m wide.

The retaining wall alongside the road verge is not included in the scheduling. The farm outbuilding which lies next to the barrow mound to the south together with the adjacent yard surface, where they impinge on the monument, all garden features and associated walls, fences and gates, are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath all these features is included.

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Books and journals
Wright, T, 'The Illustrated London News' in Roman Lead Mines, and Roman Villas in Shropshire, , Vol. 29, (1856), 351


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.

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