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Bowl barrow on Teglease Down, 600m north east of Little West End Farm

A Scheduled Monument in West Meon, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.9728 / 50°58'22"N

Longitude: -1.0664 / 1°3'58"W

OS Eastings: 465647.868844

OS Northings: 119680.80182

OS Grid: SU656196

Mapcode National: GBR BB0.TFT

Mapcode Global: FRA 86NJ.VSW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Teglease Down, 600m north east of Little West End Farm

Scheduled Date: 23 March 1973

Last Amended: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017892

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31156

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: West Meon

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hambledon St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow set in a roadside verge on a gentle
south-facing slope near the northern margin of Teglease Down. The barrow has
been disturbed on the north and south sides by plouging and by the modern road
respectively. The surviving remnant includes a 5m wide section through the
centre of the barrow which comprises a mound, about 0.7m high and 13m in
diameter. There is a shallow depression in the centre of the mound indicative
of past excavation.
The modern fence which crosses the monument is excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath it is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 surviving portion of the bowl barrow on Teglease Down is likely to retain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to its use as a
burial monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow is
reputedly the last remaining in a group of nine barrows on this part of
Teglease Down known as the `Westernmost Barrows.'

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1940), 358
Grundy, G B, 'Arch. J.' in Arch J, , Vol. 83, (1926), 108

Source: Historic England

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