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|Description ||Seven Lows Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery, Delamere, Cheshire
These famous seven earthen mounds have suffered much in recent years. Damaged by ploughing, quarrying and landscaping only four now survive as slight bumps overlooking a valley to the South of Delamere. They were originally located at (i)SJ567671, (ii) SJ567670, (iii) SJ567671, (iv) SJ567670, (v) SJ56670, (vi) SJ567671 and (vii) SJ566671.
The Seven Lows were described by local Cheshire historian, George Ormerod in the 19th Century ‘They are ranged in form nearly semicircular, and are of different sizes varying in diameter at the base from 105 feet to 40 feet.’
Between 1812 and 1819 one of the mounds was destroyed during the construction of the nearby road. Another was opened sometime earlier, while a third was quarried in 1845 revealing a cremation in a Collared Urn. The mound was constructed from sandstone rubble and was said to have stood 6 feet high.
The site was visited by antiquarian William Shone in 1907 when he notes ‘The writer visited, in November 1907, the VII Lows, only to find them almost levelled. A slight circular rise in the ground, in places, can be traced with help of the large scale Ordnance Survey map.’ The site does not seem to have deteriorated too much since then, but it seems criminal that such an important site has been reduced to this.
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