List entry

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm

List entry Number: 1007634

Location

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

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire West and ChesterUnitary AuthorityDelamere

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 30-May-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Feb-1994

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 23644

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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 minor stock erosion around the water trough on the monument's summit, the bowl barrow 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm survives well. It is a rare survival in Cheshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located 70m east of Fishpool Lane Farm. It includes a circular earthen mound measuring 25m in diameter and up to 1.3m high. It was originally one of a group of seven barrows known collectively as the Seven Lows. Of these only five remain identifiable. Fences immediately to the north and west of the barrow are excluded from the scheduling, as is a water trough located on the barrow's summit, but the ground beneath all these features is included.

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

Books and journals
Gifford Consulting Engineers, , An Archaeological Evaluation at Fishpool Lane, Delamere, Cheshir, (1992), 1-13
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 2, (1882), 2
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
FMW Report, Capstick, B., Round Barrows at Seven Lows, (1986)
Ref No. SJ 56 NE 4, Ordnance Survey, Seven Lows - 2 Round barrows and sites of 5 round barrows,
SMR No. 840/1/4, Cheshire SMR, Seven Lows, (1988)

National Grid Reference: SJ 56703 67092

Map


© Crown Copyright and database right 2014. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2014. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.

This copy shows the entry on 18-Dec-2014 at 01:30:35.