Bowl barrow known as Hill of Peace, 290m north west of Gatehouse Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019332

Date first listed: 18-Jul-2000


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow known as Hill of Peace, 290m north west of Gatehouse Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)

Parish: Gayton

National Grid Reference: TF 74266 18784


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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 known as Hill of Peace, 290m north west of Gatehouse Farm survives well and archaeological information concerning its construction and use will be contained in the mound and in the fill of the buried ditch. Evidence for earlier land use and past local environment is also likely to be preserved in the buried soils beneath the mound.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a low rise overlooking the hamlet of Gayton Thorpe to the south. The barrow is visible as a circular earthen mound standing to a height of approximately 1m and measuring approximately 30m in diameter at the base. A ditch encircles the mound, extending up to 3m beyond the base, and although this has become completely infilled, its survival as a buried feature has been confirmed by crop marks (lines of differential plant growth) recorded on aerial photographs.

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: 30584

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Cutting, W A, Gleanings about Gayton in the Olden Time, (1898)

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