Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

'Jack's Castle'

A Scheduled Monument in Brewham, Somerset

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 51.1175 / 51°7'2"N

Longitude: -2.3646 / 2°21'52"W

OS Eastings: 374578.034612

OS Northings: 135418.199442

OS Grid: ST745354

Mapcode National: GBR 0TL.WJ0

Mapcode Global: VH97Y.Y5TN

Entry Name: 'Jack's Castle'

Scheduled Date: 20 August 1954

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005642

English Heritage Legacy ID: WI 339

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Brewham

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Upper Stour

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bell barrow called ’Jack’s Castle’ 595m north-east of Hilcombe Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 9 July 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. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.

This monument includes a bell barrow situated on the summit of a prominent escarpment overlooking the distant valley of the River Brue. The barrow survives as a circular flat topped mound measuring up to 21m in diameter and 3m high, situated on a 4m wide berm standing 0.3m high and surrounded by a largely buried outer quarry ditch of up to 3m wide from which the construction material was derived, which is visible as a slight earthwork in places. The barrow was excavated by Colt Hoare and was found to have been composed of soft sandy material above a flint cairn which covered a primary cremation in a cist. The cremation was accompanied by a dagger in a wooden sheath and a stone axe. The barrow is also known locally as ‘Selwood Barrow’.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Cranborne Chase is an area of chalkland well known for its high number, density and diversity of archaeological remains. These include a rare combination of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age sites, comprising one of the largest concentrations of burial monuments in England, the largest known cursus (a linear ritual monument) and a significant number and range of henge monuments (Late Neolithic ceremonial centres). Other important remains include a variety of enclosures, settlements, field systems and linear boundaries which date throughout prehistory and into the Romano-British and medieval periods. This high level of survival of archaeological remains is due largely to the later history of the Chase. Cranborne Chase formed a Royal Hunting Ground from at least Norman times, and much of the archaeological survival within the area resulted from associated laws controlling land-use which applied until 1830. The unique archaeological character of the Chase has attracted much attention over the years, notably during the later 19th century, by the pioneering work on the Chase of General Pitt-Rivers, Sir Richard Colt Hoare and Edward Cunnington, often regarded as the fathers of British archaeology. Archaeological investigations have continued throughout the 20th century and to the present day. Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows (particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. They are a particularly rare form of barrow. Although much is known about the bell barrow called ’Jack’s Castle’ 595m north-east of Hilcombe Farm it will contain further archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, the social organisation of its builders, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape 202543
Wiltshire HER ST73NW600

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.