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Three barrows near Town Hill Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Frampton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7334 / 50°44'0"N

Longitude: -2.5474 / 2°32'50"W

OS Eastings: 361465.4165

OS Northings: 92785.3838

OS Grid: SY614927

Mapcode National: GBR PV.T83S

Mapcode Global: FRA 57K4.MD9

Entry Name: Three barrows near Town Hill Barn

Scheduled Date: 27 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002802

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 316

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Frampton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Frampton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Two bowl barrows and an enclosure 520m north east of Hogleaze Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 7 January 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument, which falls into three areas, includes two bowl barrows and an enclosure situated on the summit of the prominent Town Hill overlooking the dry valley of Long Bottom. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The mounds vary in size from 15m up to 18m in diameter and from 1.5m up to 1.8m high. One has a slightly elongated appearance and the other has a flattened top. The enclosure survives as a semi-circular bank measuring up to 1.6m high. The south eastern side has been cut by a farm yard. Possible interpretations for the enclosure have included a saucer barrow, building platform or animal pound.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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. 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. The two bowl barrows and enclosure 520m north east of Hogleaze Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, interrelationships, function, date, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual, funerary and agricultural practices, and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-453655

Source: Historic England

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