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Bowl barrow 300m west of Hatchett Gate

A Scheduled Monument in Beaulieu, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8146 / 50°48'52"N

Longitude: -1.4803 / 1°28'49"W

OS Eastings: 436706.339394

OS Northings: 101801.302158

OS Grid: SU367018

Mapcode National: GBR 77D.Y9F

Mapcode Global: FRA 76SY.93M

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m west of Hatchett Gate

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010017

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20247

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Beaulieu

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: East Boldre St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


This monument includes a bowl barrow and post-medieval field boundary situated
on lowland heath overlooking Hatchet Pond. The barrow mound measures 10m in
diameter and stands up to 0.5m high. Although no longer visible at ground
level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the
years but survives as a buried feature c.1.5m wide. The northern part of
the barrow mound is cut by a post-medieval field boundary's ditch; the
associated bank partly overlies the barrow. The barrow is one of a widely
scattered group of round barrows situated on Beaulieu Heath.

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 300m west of Hatchett Gate survives well as part of a widely
scattered group of round barrows in the New Forest, an area known to have been
important in terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable amount of
archaeological evidence has survived in this area because of a lack of
agricultural activity, the result of later climatic deterioration, development
of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU30SE12,

Source: Historic England

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