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Bowl barrow 100m north west of Purslow Hall

List Entry Summary

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.

Name: Bowl barrow 100m north west of Purslow Hall

List entry Number: 1016825


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Clunbury

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 03-Jul-2000

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 32298

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 100m north west of Purslow Hall is a well-preserved example of this class of monument. The barrow mound will retain evidence for its method of construction as well as the burial or burials within it. These remains will advance our understanding of Bronze Age society, including the ritual practices and technical abilities of these people. 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 preserve evidence for the prehistoric landscape in which the barrow was built. In the 12th century this conspicuous monument appears to have been used as a moot for the newly established hundred of Purslow. A moot was an open-air meeting place set aside for use by the courts and other bodies who were responsible for maintaining authority within the countryside. The reuse of the barrow as a moot demonstrates its continued importance as a significant landscape feature.


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The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl barrow, situated on level ground to the north of and above the flood plain of the River Clun, with extensive views of the surrounding countryside. The barrow includes a stone mound 11m in diameter which survives to a height of 0.8m. Some stones were placed on edge to form radial and circular revetments or kerbs in order to stabilize the mound and to create a series of compartments within it. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature, approximately 2m wide. Place name evidence suggests that the barrow was chosen as the site of a moot, or open air meeting place, when the Anglo-Saxon hundred system of land control and administration in Shropshire was reorganised in the 12th century. The barrow was conveniently situated close to long-established routeways linking medieval towns. Purslow was originally part of the Leintwardine hundred, and in the 12th century much of this land was amalgamated into the Mortimers' marcher lordship of Wigmore. The rest was divided between the newly established hundreds of Munslow and Purslow.

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.

Selected Sources

notes of work for Shropshire VCH, Baugh, G, Purslow Hundred Site: some considerations, (1998)

National Grid Reference: SO 35755 80876


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