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Circle & Two Round Barrows on Southern Portion of Holywell Golf Course

A Scheduled Monument in Brynford (Brynffordd), Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

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Latitude: 53.2642 / 53°15'51"N

Longitude: -3.2388 / 3°14'19"W

OS Eastings: 317468

OS Northings: 374853

OS Grid: SJ174748

Mapcode National: GBR 5ZTP.LK

Mapcode Global: WH76R.66ZX

Entry Name: Circle & Two Round Barrows on Southern Portion of Holywell Golf Course

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2831

Cadw Legacy ID: FL031

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

Community: Brynford (Brynffordd)

Traditional County: Flintshire


The monument comprises the remains of two earthen built round barrows, and an earth circle or ring ditch, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC).

The earth circle measures 3m-4m wide and 0.3m deep with an overall diameter of 26m. The ditch has been levelled on the E side and the interior is a little higher than the exterior. The site has been incorporated into a golf course, the interior of the circle now occupied by the ninth tee. Barrow A is the northernmost of the two barrows, and forms a mound 20m east-west x 18m north-south, and 1m high. The barrow has been disturbed on the northern side. Barrow B is 16m x 11m and 1.5m high, with a hole on the eastern side.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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