Bowl barrow 250m west of Woeful Lake Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018609

Date first listed: 19-Aug-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Nov-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 250m west of Woeful Lake Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold (District Authority)

Parish: Sherborne

National Grid Reference: SP 15517 13120


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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.

Despite having been spread by ploughing, the bowl barrow 250m west of Woeful Lake Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological information and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the barrow was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow on the crest of a hill in the Cotswolds, about 250m to the west of Woeful Lake Farm. The barrow has a mound measuring 20m in diameter and between 0.5m and 0.6m high. No trace of a ditch is visible at ground level, but oblique aerial photographs taken in 1994 show the mound enclosed by a penannular cropmark, indicating the presence of a ditch between 2m and 3m wide. The barrow mound is spread by ploughing. There is no evidence that the barrow has been excavated in the past.

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: 31933

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Parry, C, Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire: Archaeological Survet 1993-94, (1995), 88

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