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Frowsbury Mound: a bowl barrow 70m south of Clear Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Puttenham, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2207 / 51°13'14"N

Longitude: -0.6569 / 0°39'24"W

OS Eastings: 493893.46333

OS Northings: 147689.916331

OS Grid: SU938476

Mapcode National: GBR FCM.GR3

Mapcode Global: VHFVL.KLL2

Entry Name: Frowsbury Mound: a bowl barrow 70m south of Clear Barn

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Last Amended: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009481

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20147

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Puttenham

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Seale, Puttenham and Wanborough

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a slight rise to the south of
Hog's Back chalk ridge. The barrow comprises a mound 41m in diameter and 2.4m
high surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years and is
no longer visible at ground level but survives as a buried feature c.5m wide.
The mound was used by Queen Victoria in 1857 as a vantage point from which to
review her troops. This event was commemorated by the erection of a stone
tablet and a flag pole on the summit of the mound. These are surrounded by a
post and chain fence. The flag pole and fence posts as well as a wooden seat
on the mound are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath them
is included.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite some disturbance to the mound caused by the construction of a golf
tee, Frowsbury Mound survives well and contains archaeological remains and
environmental information relating both to the monument and the landscape in
which the barrow was constructed. The site has historical associations with
Queen Victoria, as the mound was used as a vantage point from which to review
her troops in 1857.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, (1987), 11
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, (1987), 25
Other
Ordnance Survey, SU 9347,

Source: Historic England

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