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Bowl barrow at Newlands Corner

A Scheduled Monument in Albury, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2325 / 51°13'56"N

Longitude: -0.5046 / 0°30'16"W

OS Eastings: 504503.958178

OS Northings: 149207.9192

OS Grid: TQ045492

Mapcode National: GBR GDY.R71

Mapcode Global: VHFVP.69L0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Newlands Corner

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017719

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31382

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Albury

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Albury

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a sand-capped chalk ridge
which forms part of the Surrey Hills. The barrow has a roughly circular mound
around 19m in diameter and survives to a height of up to 1.3m, with a large
central hollow indicating that it has been partly disturbed by antiquarian
excavation. The mound is 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 around 2m wide. A modern fence has been
constructed across the northern part of the barrow, causing some disturbance
to the monument.
The fence is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is

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 bowl barrow at Newlands Corner survives comparatively well, despite some
subsequent disturbance, and will retain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England

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