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Bowl barrow 70m north of Flanchford Road: part of Reigate Heath round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Reigate Central, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2383 / 51°14'17"N

Longitude: -0.2277 / 0°13'39"W

OS Eastings: 523819.370776

OS Northings: 150286.142846

OS Grid: TQ238502

Mapcode National: GBR JHZ.988

Mapcode Global: VHGS9.04HJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 70m north of Flanchford Road: part of Reigate Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1934

Last Amended: 23 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008869

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20164

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Reigate Central

Built-Up Area: Reigate

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Reigate

Church of England Diocese: Southwark


The monument includes one of seven bowl barrows situated on the crest of a
slight ridge in the Lower Greensand and forming part of a dispersed linear
round barrow cemetery aligned north-west to south-east on Reigate Heath. The
barrow has a flat topped mound 15.5m in diameter and 0.6m high. Surrounding
this is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument. This is no longer visible at ground level, having become
infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.
A seat on the western edge of the mound is excluded from the scheduling
although the ground beneath it 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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrow 70m north of Flanchford Road 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)

Source: Historic England

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