Bowl Barrow Scheduled Ancient Monument
Bowl Barrow Scheduled Ancient Monument
This circular earth mound is located in the Upper Park and is known locally as the Rolling Pin. The entire monument is thought to consist of the barrow plus a quarry ditch. However, there is no visible evidence of the ditch and only the barrow is scheduled. The barrow is interpreted as a late prehistoric bowl barrow. The flat top of the mound indicates that a later structure was placed on the site, but the secondary uses of the site have not been clarified. To date there have been no archaeological investigations to determine the nature of the monument. It is locally believed that the barrow was the site of a seventeenth century smock mill. The site may also have been used as a belvedere tower. The view from this area of the Park extends out across Chesham town to the hills beyond and on to the Chilterns.
The mound was inspected by an English Heritage Historic Environment Field Adviser in November 2007 and was described as being in excellent condition. The barrow is covered with a short sward and has ornamental trees planted around the mound obscuring the view of the town. The root systems of the trees may have caused damage to the barrow when growing, but as the majority are ornamental cherries, when the trees die they will decay in situ which will cause minimal soil disturbance. There is no interpretation so the casual viewer has no concept of the origin or theories surrounding the Rolling Pin or the function of barrows.
The current mowing schedule will be continued to maintain a short grass sward. The barrow will be monitored for signs of wear or damage from humans and rabbit damage. Advice will be sought from English Nature in the event of wear/damage being detected (e.g. were a commonly-used walking route over the barrow to develop).
Based on guidance from English Heritage, no work will be undertaken in the area of the monument that would break the ground surface. If a project of this nature was to be considered in the future, permission would be sought from English Heritage.
A decision will be made concerning the future of the ornamental trees, i.e. to be removed or left in situ. However, if left, once the current trees have died and decayed, no replacement planting will take place to prevent any further damage to the barrow.
Near the monument, an interpretation panel will be erected explaining the Rolling Pin and the development of Chesham, as this provides the best view of the town.
News & Events
The Friends of Lowndes Park are celebrating the news of a formal grant offer of £25,000 from Biffa Award a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. This much-needed facility, to be built in partnership with Chesham Town Council, and scheduled to replace the now redundant old skatepark facility, will cost in the region of £70,000. As well as the grant from Biffa Award much-needed, excellent financial support has also been secured from the Paradigm Foundation (£10,000) and Buckinghamshire County Council (£5,000) respectively. The rest of the monies will be provided by Chesham Town Council. For further information please the click here to read the press release
The next Friends of Lowndes Park working party will be on Sunday 9 March 2014. We meet at 10am in the Archena Garden which is next to the Temperance Hall in Church Street.
Apple Planting Day - Chesham Community Orchard – 10am onwards at the top of the park.
The orchard is going well and now we need your help. We have 24 new trees to plant including 9 Apple, 5 Plum, 5 Cherries, 3 Pear and 2 crab apples, so we have a lot to do. This is where you come in, we need as many people as possible to come along and help plant the trees, so do make sure you put the date and time in your diary. Please click on the title to find out more about this event and others.
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