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Tadnoll Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Chaldon Herring, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6865 / 50°41'11"N

Longitude: -2.2968 / 2°17'48"W

OS Eastings: 379125.560446

OS Northings: 87470.240942

OS Grid: SY791874

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZX.VGR

Mapcode Global: FRA 6728.90M

Entry Name: Tadnoll Barrow

Scheduled Date: 14 August 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003223

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 332

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Chaldon Herring

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Woodsford St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow and tree ring enclosure known as Tadnoll Barrow 670m SSE of Coombe Valley 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 includes a bowl barrow and tree ring enclosure situated on a slight knoll in an area of heath land overlooking a tributary to the River Frome. The barrow survives as a circular mound of up to 20m in diameter and 1.6m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. Beyond this is a bank of up to 4.5m wide and 0.5m high with an outer ditch of 2m wide and 0.3m deep interpreted as a tree ring enclosure. The eastern sides of the barrow and tree ring enclosure have been cut by a road. Both features are crossed by a parish boundary between Owermoigne and Moreton.

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. Despite having been cut by a road and re-used within a tree ring the bowl barrow and tree ring enclosure known as Tadnoll Barrow 670m SSE of Coombe Valley Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices, re-use and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-453888

Source: Historic England

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