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The Fishing Barrow on Godlingston Heath

A Scheduled Monument in Studland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6387 / 50°38'19"N

Longitude: -1.9757 / 1°58'32"W

OS Eastings: 401811.338222

OS Northings: 82107.278092

OS Grid: SZ018821

Mapcode National: GBR 33K.Z5P

Mapcode Global: FRA 67RD.23M

Entry Name: The Fishing Barrow on Godlingston Heath

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1959

Last Amended: 31 January 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013836

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22972

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Studland

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Studland St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bell barrow on Godlingston Heath in the Isle of
Purbeck. It is set on a low sandstone ridge overlooking Poole Harbour to the
north east.
The barrow, which is known as `The Fishing Barrow', has a central mound
composed of earth, sand and turf with maximum dimensions of 29m in diameter
and c.2.5m in height. This is surrounded by a berm or gently sloping platform
2m wide which is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument. The ditch is known from a survey conducted
in the 1960s to be 3.5m wide and c.0.5m deep. The ditch is visible as an
earthwork in the north western and south eastern areas, but has become
infilled to the north east and south west, where it survives as a buried
Excluded from the scheduling are the bench and golf ball washing facility
situated on the north eastern side of the mound, although the underlying
ground 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

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary
monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples
belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds
covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The
burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery
and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows
(particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known
examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods
provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early
prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as
providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a
particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would
normally be considered to be of national importance.

The Fishing Barrow on Godlingston Heath survives well despite some disturbance
caused by the construction of a golf bunker which has led to the flattening of
the upper mound and infilling of some areas of the quarry ditch. The monument
forms one of a dispersed group of bell barrows which occur locally.

Source: Historic England


Mention berm of site,
Mention ditch of site,
Mention name of site,

Source: Historic England

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