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Bowl barrow east of Leaser's Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Wotton, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2218 / 51°13'18"N

Longitude: -0.4102 / 0°24'36"W

OS Eastings: 511117.307561

OS Northings: 148155.885002

OS Grid: TQ111481

Mapcode National: GBR GF8.C2Z

Mapcode Global: VHFVQ.TKZ7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow east of Leaser's Barn

Scheduled Date: 4 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007877

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20190

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Wotton

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Abinger

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the north-facing slope of a
rise in the Lower Greensand. The barrow survives as a mound 28m in diameter
and 2m high, surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become partially infilled over the
years and is visible as a depression c.3m wide on the north side of the mound
where a later boundary ditch runs into it. Elsewhere the ditch survives as a
buried feature.
All fences and posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground
beneath them is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. 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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

The bowl barrow east of Leaser's Barn survives well and contains
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, , Vol. 79, (1987), 27
Austin, L and Schofield, A J, (1992)
Cranham, P, (1992)

Source: Historic England

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