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Bowl barrow at New England, West End Common

A Scheduled Monument in West End, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.343 / 51°20'34"N

Longitude: -0.6573 / 0°39'26"W

OS Eastings: 493617.5185

OS Northings: 161290.413349

OS Grid: SU936612

Mapcode National: GBR FB2.NNM

Mapcode Global: VHFV0.KHCT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at New England, West End Common

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018505

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31395

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: West End

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Bisley and West End

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a low sandstone ridge
overlooking lower-lying heathland to the south. The barrow has a roughly
circular mound 16m in diameter and up to 1m high, partly disturbed by long
term use of an east-west aligned public bridleway which crosses the monument.
Surrounding the mound is 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 up to 2m wide. The northern side of the ditch has been
partly disturbed by a deep depression, part of a modern sports cycling route.

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 suffered from some subsequent disturbance, the bowl barrow at
New England survives well and will retain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to its construction and original use.

Source: Historic England

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