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Neale's Barrow, round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Wilton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.0585 / 51°3'30"N

Longitude: -1.882 / 1°52'55"W

OS Eastings: 408366.266384

OS Northings: 128801.867568

OS Grid: SU083288

Mapcode National: GBR 3ZZ.K10

Mapcode Global: FRA 66YB.2M9

Entry Name: Neale's Barrow, round barrow

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1976

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004696

English Heritage Legacy ID: WI 849

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Wilton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Wilton St Mary and St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow called Neale’s Barrow.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 September 2015. 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 situated on the upper north facing slopes of a wide ridge overlooking the distant valley of the River Nadder. The barrow survives as an 18m diameter circular mound standing up to 1m high surrounded by a 2m wide and up to 0.3m deep quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. The barrow was named as ‘Ruh beorh’ in a Saxon charter of 826 AD and as ‘Eangylbe beorh’ in a further charter. It was first given the name of Neales Barrow (no apostrophe) in a survey of 1570. Stukeley referred to it as the ‘Tomb of King Cornibus’ and it was described along with two others by Colt Hoare. It lies within the Grade I registered Park of Wilton.

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. Maintained as a clearing in woodland the bowl barrow called Neale’s Barrow survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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