Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Bowl barrow on Edburton Hill, 380m west of the motte and bailey castle

A Scheduled Monument in Upper Beeding, West Sussex

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 50.8852 / 50°53'6"N

Longitude: -0.2475 / 0°14'51"W

OS Eastings: 523368.19501

OS Northings: 110983.429724

OS Grid: TQ233109

Mapcode National: GBR JN6.J6S

Mapcode Global: FRA B6CR.PDT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Edburton Hill, 380m west of the motte and bailey castle

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1964

Last Amended: 19 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015123

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27100

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Upper Beeding

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Edburton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge which forms part of
the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a circular mound c.15m in diameter and up to
c.1.5m high, surrounded by a ditch from which material used to construct the
barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years, but survives as
a buried feature c.2m wide.

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

Although it has been partly disturbed by past ploughing, the bowl barrow on
Edburton Hill 380m west of the motte and bailey castle survives well and
will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
ways in which the monument was constructed and used.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex in the Bronze Age, , Vol. 75, (1934), 255

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.