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Five Lord's Burghs round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Alfriston, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.813 / 50°48'46"N

Longitude: 0.1088 / 0°6'31"E

OS Eastings: 548662.193413

OS Northings: 103614.838357

OS Grid: TQ486036

Mapcode National: GBR LS3.Y28

Mapcode Global: FRA C63Y.B7M

Entry Name: Five Lord's Burghs round barrow

Scheduled Date: 29 March 1968

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003311

English Heritage Legacy ID: ES 279

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Alfriston

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Selmeston St Mary with Alciston

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


Bowl barrow known as Five Lord’s Burgh, 1.7km NNE of Blackstone Barn.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 4 September 2014. The 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.

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge of chalk downland near Norton Top on the South Downs. A modern trackway runs a few metres to the east of the barrow. The barrow survives as a roughly circular-shaped mound about 18m in diameter and 1.25m high. A surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived, will survive as a buried feature. A depression in the centre of the mound is believed to be the result of an unrecorded partial excavation sometime in the past.

The name of the barrow is derived from a local tradition stating it was the meeting point of five parishes. It now stands at the junction of three parishes.

Further archaeological remains, such as a Roman road, survive in the vicinity of this monument but are not included because they have not been formally assessed.

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 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 partial excavation in the past, the bowl barrow known as Five Lord’s Burgh survives well and will contain archaeological information and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


NMR TQ40SE29. PastScape 406143.,

Source: Historic England

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