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Three Hills round barrows

A Scheduled Monument in Great Addington, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.3737 / 52°22'25"N

Longitude: -0.5897 / 0°35'22"W

OS Eastings: 496107.916715

OS Northings: 276005.522918

OS Grid: SP961760

Mapcode National: GBR DXS.1RY

Mapcode Global: VHFP0.QLMP

Entry Name: Three Hills round barrows

Scheduled Date: 10 December 1951

Last Amended: 18 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013319

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13677

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Great Addington

Built-Up Area: Great Addington

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Woodford St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The round barrows known as Three Hills lie 250m to the west of Addington Road
and are located approximately 0.9km south-west of the village of Woodford.
The monument consists of three Bronze Age bowl barrows which are contiguous
and situated in a line on a NNW to SSE orientation. The most northerly of the
three barrows is a round mound approximately 20m in diameter and 2m high with
a flat top about 7m across. Immediately to the SSE lies the mound of a second
bowl barrow which is also 20m in diameter and is 2m in height. The third bowl
barrow, lying to the SSE of the second, is 24m in diameter and 2m in height.
Each of the three barrows touches the adjoining barrow at its base and there
is the slight impression of a ditch c.3m wide surrounding the whole monument.
The barrows are shown in their present form on a map of 1731.

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

These three barrows are exceptionally well preserved and form an unusual
grouping for Northamptonshire.

Source: Historic England

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