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Bowl barrow 90m south west of Reservoir Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8766 / 50°52'35"N

Longitude: -1.8411 / 1°50'27"W

OS Eastings: 411276.902794

OS Northings: 108580.518265

OS Grid: SU112085

Mapcode National: GBR 425.WYF

Mapcode Global: FRA 761S.DKK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 90m south west of Reservoir Cottage

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018753

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31906

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hyde with Ellingham and Harbridge

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge
overlooking the Ebblake Valley to the south west. The barrow has a mound
composed of sand, earth and turf, with maximum dimensions of 9m in diameter
and about 0.45m in height. The construction of a reservoir and its associated
enclosure has caused some disturbance to the eastern edge of the barrow mound.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years, but
will survive as a buried feature 1m 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

Despite some disturbance to the eastern edge of the mound and the adjacent
section of quarry ditch, the bowl barrow 90m south west of Reservoir Cottage
survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. This
is one of number of barrows surviving in this part of Ringwood Forest.

Source: Historic England


RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Source Date: 1868
Enclosure map of Harbridge

Source: Historic England

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