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A barrow 1000m north west of Octagon Farm: part of a Neolithic and Bronze Age mortuary complex

A Scheduled Monument in Kingsbrook, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1376 / 52°8'15"N

Longitude: -0.4136 / 0°24'48"W

OS Eastings: 508668.31594

OS Northings: 249998.970773

OS Grid: TL086499

Mapcode National: GBR G21.XZP

Mapcode Global: VHFQ8.SJ6N

Entry Name: A barrow 1000m NW of Octagon Farm: part of a Neolithic and Bronze Age mortuary complex

Scheduled Date: 19 May 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007329

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20752

County: Bedford

Electoral Ward/Division: Kingsbrook

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Cardington

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans


The monument includes the remains of a barrow initially recorded from aerial
photographs and situated between the River Great Ouse and the Elstow Brook,
south-east of Bedford. Although no longer visible at ground level the barrow
is represented by a circular ring ditch, which can be clearly seen on aerial
photographs, enclosing the area of the levelled burial mound. The ditch
measures 21m in diameter.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The barrow 1000m north-west of Octagon Farm will retain archaeological
information and environmental evidence relating to the construction of the
monument and the landscape in which it was built. The barrow's association
with the group of mortuary monuments around it will contribute additional
information regarding the continuity and evolution of funerary practices in
this area during the Prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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