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Willow Row Barrow

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Willow Row Barrow
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General information
StatusComplete
Architectural styleNeoneolitic
Locationnear St Neots
Coordinates52°14′29″N 0°17′55″W / 52.2413°N 0.2985°W / 52.2413; -0.2985Coordinates: 52°14′29″N 0°17′55″W / 52.2413°N 0.2985°W / 52.2413; -0.2985
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Construction started2016
Completed2017
Opening2018
Design and construction
DeveloperSacred Stones
Main contractorRiverdale Stone

Willow Row Barrow is a modern barrow memorial site near St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

It is the first round barrow to have been built in the UK for thousands of years and contains niches for the placement of cremation urns. It is also intended for wider celebration of life and community activity.[1]

The structure is a sequence of stone chambers under an earthen mound, and was opened in 2016.[2]

The barrow is one of the early monuments in a contemporary revival of barrow building.[3][4][5]

Academic commentary[edit]

The building of this monument has been recorded academic writing[6] and is also subject of PhD study.[7]

See also[edit]

Other modern barrows in the UK:

  • Long Barrow at All Cannings
  • Soulton Long Barrow
  • Mid England Barrow[8]
  • High Ground Meadow Barrow[9]

References[edit]

  1. "Tombs of our time". www.churchtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  2. Makey, Julian (2016-10-23). "First burial barrow in thousands of years is completed at Hail Weston". cambridgenews. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  3. "Barrow owners unite for stone swap". www.banburyguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  4. Wainwright, Oliver (2019-03-18). "Tomb with a view: why burial mounds are a better way to go". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  5. Kennedy, Maev (2016-10-26). "Burial mounds make a comeback in 21st-century Britain". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  6. Uzzell, Jennifer (2018-09-21). "‘And Raise Me Up a Golden Barrow’". Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion (JBASR). 20: 67–82. doi:10.18792/jbasr.v20i0.28. ISSN 2516-6379.
  7. "bodies of evidence". bodies of evidence. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  8. "Dassett students hide time-capsule in Kineton barrow". www.banburyguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  9. "A barrow is being built in west Dorset - the first for more than 1,000 years". Bridport and Lyme Regis News. Retrieved 2020-05-21.


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