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Bowl barrow 80m north-west of Flutters Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Foxhills, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.3771 / 51°22'37"N

Longitude: -0.5758 / 0°34'32"W

OS Eastings: 499222.96874

OS Northings: 165190.844153

OS Grid: SU992651

Mapcode National: GBR F9S.R7S

Mapcode Global: VHFTV.YNZ5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 80m north-west of Flutters Hill

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1934

Last Amended: 11 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011600

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20198

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Foxhills

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Lyne and Longrcross

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a gentle west-facing slope in
an undulating area of sands and gravels.

The barrow has a mound 37m north-south by 30m east-west and is 1.8m high; the
eastern edge of the mound has been cut across by a driveway. Surrounding the
mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature c.3m wide. Slight remains of a 4m wide counterscarp bank beyond the
ditch survive to the east of the driveway.

The fence, fence posts, gate and tarmac surface of the driveway are excluded
from the scheduling although the ground beneath these features 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

Despite some disturbance caused by the construction of a driveway, the bowl
barrow 80m north-west of Flutters Hill survives comparatively well and
contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to both
the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Aldsworth, F G, SU 96 NE 3, (1966)

Source: Historic England

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