Enclosed Bronze Age urnfield 200m north west of Hanging Field Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018254

Date first listed: 16-Nov-1998


Ordnance survey map of Enclosed Bronze Age urnfield 200m north west of Hanging Field Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Calderdale (Metropolitan Authority)

Parish: Todmorden

National Grid Reference: SD 94334 25426


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Reasons for Designation

An enclosed Bronze Age urnfield is a burial ground in which cremations, usually placed in cinerary urns, were interred within a circular enclosure up to 30m in diameter. This was formed by either a ditch, a bank, or a bank within a stone circle. There was normally an entrance or causeway allowing access into the enclosure, where a central mound or standing stone is sometimes found. Excavated examples are known to date to the Middle Bronze Age between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. Enclosed Bronze Age urnfields are largely found in the north of England, mainly in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland, although their distribution also extends into Scotland. They are a rare type of Bronze Age burial monument, with fewer than 50 identified examples and provide an important insight into beliefs and social organisation during this period. All positively identified examples are considered to be nationally important

The enclosed Bronze Age urnfield 200m north west of Hanging Field Farm survives reasonably well, despite disturbance by past excavations and will retain further cremation burials and other archaeological information. It is one of several such sites in the Calderdale area.


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The monument includes an enclosed Bronze Age urnfield. It is situated on Todmorden Golf Course 200m north west of Hanging Field Farm. The urnfield is approximately 37m in diameter and has a low, subcircular, enclosing bank. This bank is about 7m wide and up to 0.5m high, and is visibly crossed by medieval ridge and furrow running approximately north-south. The bank survives best on the east side; on the north side it is only present as a slight rise. The interior of the urnfield was excavated in 1897 and produced four cinerary urns containing human bone, beads, a bronze knife, and flint tools.

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: 31492

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Law, R, 'The Halifax Naturalist and Record of the Scientific Society' in The Halifax Naturalist and Record of the Scientific Society, , Vol. 111 no15, (1898), 49-52

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