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Monument record MDR885 - 'Margery Bower' tumulus, Sprinkswoods Lane, Snelston

Type and Period (1)

  • (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Margery Bower (NAT) Site of (NAT) Battle Field (NR) appears on the 25" OS map of 1881. (1) 'There is a tradition that Oliver Cromwell planted some cannon here to bombard the village of Ashbourne, but it is treated with ridicule by the best authorities'. (2) An impressive mound with a maximum height of 2.3 metres, situated on a high shoulder. The feature is cut into on the west by a quarry road and the perimeter has been trimmed by farming; there is a disused quarry to the south but the mound is not spoil. A large depression in the centre is possibly the result of early excavation, and there is much general surface disturbance The size, situation and appearance suggest the mound to be a tumulus. Surveyed at 1/2500. (3) No change. (4) ?Barrow that has not yet been surveyed, as it was missed during the Barrow Survey. Located on a ridge top on a false crest at the northern end. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: 1881.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Rev ONB Derby 43 NW 1898 (rev 1920) 43.
  • <3> Personal Observation: F1 FDC 12-DEC-66.
  • <4> Personal Observation: F2 DJC 19-MAR-74.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J. 1989. The Peak District Barrow Survey (updated 1994). Site 16:13.



Grid reference Centred SK 1642 4425 (43m by 39m) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR1024
  • EDR1243

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Record last edited

Jun 26 2015 10:23AM

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