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Two bowl barrows 460m north-west of Norley Inclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Boldre, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.7893 / 50°47'21"N

Longitude: -1.5102 / 1°30'36"W

OS Eastings: 434618.534372

OS Northings: 98971.173972

OS Grid: SZ346989

Mapcode National: GBR 77R.H08

Mapcode Global: FRA 77Q0.9GJ

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 460m north-west of Norley Inclosure

Scheduled Date: 15 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013130

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20325

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Boldre

Built-Up Area: Pilley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Boldre St John

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


This monument includes two adjacent bowl barrows situated on a gently sloping
hillside overlooking Lower Crockford Bottom. The height of both barrows has
been reduced by ploughing. The eastern barrow mound measures 15m in diameter
and stands up to 0.5m high. The western barrow mound measures 8m in diameter
and 0.3m high. Surrounding each mound is a ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the barrows. These have become partly
infilled over the years, but survive as slight hollows.

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 two bowl barrows 460m north-west of Norley Inclosure survive comparatively
well within 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 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


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 362
Hampshire County Planning Department, SZ39NW26A,
Hampshire County Planning Department, SZ39NW26B,

Source: Historic England

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