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Shrewsbury Barrow, Shooters Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Shooters Hill, Greenwich

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Latitude: 51.4747 / 51°28'29"N

Longitude: 0.0703 / 0°4'13"E

OS Eastings: 543877.058662

OS Northings: 177117.099266

OS Grid: TQ438771

Mapcode National: GBR NK.Y42

Mapcode Global: VHHNR.56J9

Entry Name: Shrewsbury Barrow, Shooters Hill

Scheduled Date: 7 January 2016

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1430983

County: Greenwich

Electoral Ward/Division: Shooters Hill

Built-Up Area: Greenwich

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Plumstead All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Southwark


A Bronze Age round barrow, the last known to survive of a group of six.

Source: Historic England


A Bronze Age round barrow, the last known to survive of a group of six.

PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS: a single circular mound enclosed by fences and iron rails.

DESCRIPTION: the barrow is understood to be the last surviving of a group of six. It stands on the high ground of Shooters Hill, and is approximately 25m wide and 1.5m high. An interpretation panel explains the probable origins of the barrow, and fencing encloses it and defines the extent of the scheduled area. The surrounding area is heavily built up.

EXCLUSIONS: the railings, interpretation panel and fence enclosing the barrow are excluded.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The Shrewsbury Barrow, Shooters Hill is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: a substantial earthen mound which survives reasonably well;
* Rarity: round barrows, particularly surviving in this good a state of preservation, are very rare in London;
* Period: highly representative of the Bronze Age period;
* Potential: despite the partial opening of the barrow, the archaeological potential is considered to be good, and has the potential to contribute to our understanding of the social organisation and burial practices of the country's Bronze Age population.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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