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Bowl barrow on the Cockadobby Hill roundabout

A Scheduled Monument in St Mark's, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.2735 / 51°16'24"N

Longitude: -0.7566 / 0°45'23"W

OS Eastings: 486835.061574

OS Northings: 153434.317016

OS Grid: SU868534

Mapcode National: GBR D9L.1K0

Mapcode Global: VHDXW.T8X3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on the Cockadobby Hill roundabout

Scheduled Date: 6 September 1950

Last Amended: 9 May 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012638

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12155

County: Hampshire

Electoral Ward/Division: St Mark's

Built-Up Area: Farnborough

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Farnborough St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The scheduling includes a large bowl barrow set below the crest of a gentle
south-west facing slope and now incorporated into a roundabout at a modern
road intersection. The barrow mound survives to a height of 3m and is 37m in
diameter. Adjacent to the mound and built over the northern portion of the
barrow ditch is a monument known as the South Africa Memorial, commemorating
`One who died for his country MCMI'. A hollow area on the western side of
the mound suggests partial excavation. The South Africa Memorial is not
considered part of the scheduling although the ground beneath the Memorial is

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 the possibility of partial excavation of the Cockadobby Hill barrow
mound, most of the monument remains intact and survives well. It therefore has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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