Record Details

NHER Number:3649
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age bell barrow


A Bronze Age bell barrow is visible as an earthwork. Bronze Age pottery was found on the site in 1936.

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Grid Reference:TF 8164 2494
Map Sheet:TF82SW

Full description

Plotted at TF 8162 2497 (Ordnance Survey Reference is 8166 2497).
Tumulus on common.
Bell barrow with ditch and bank on south side of railway which it practically adjoins in northeast corner of that part of common. A very fine tumulus, about 31m diameter, 9.1m high. Ditch and bank well marked from 22.8m on southeast side but apparently dug away on northwest when railway constructed.
Marked on (S1).
A. Q. Watson (NCM)

January 1936.
2 potsherds found; brown plain sherd, slightly curved, hard surface, 7mm thick and dark shelly sherd, exterior red, undecorated 10mm thick (?Late Bronze Age).
See (S2) and (S3).
R. R. Clarke (NCM)

Mound 36m diameter, 4m high, ditch 6m wide, 50cm deep, faint outer bank up to 40cm high on south.
West edge of barrow damaged (during railway construction?)
On edge of plantation Grassed.
Rabbit infested.
A. J. Lawson (NAU) January 1974.

Ancient Monument details in file,see (S4).

November 1983.
No change except that pines are not now actually on the mound.
J. Wymer (NAU)

Covered in bracken, some animal disturbance.
H. Paterson (A&E) February 1991.

3 November 2003. Visit.
Barrow almost totally concealed under tree/scrub/bracken cover.
Discsussions to take place with owner regarding possible clearance under Section 17 Agreement.
H. Paterson (A&E), 17 November 2003.

Monument Types

  • BELL BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: HW 13-14.
---Publication: Corbishley, M.J.. 1983.
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Publication: MWT. 1958. AM7.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Rudham (west).
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Article in serial: Hogg, A. H. A. 1940. A Long Barrow at West Rudham, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 315-331. p 317.
<S3>Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1933. Ancient Burial Mounds of England.. p 203.
<S4>Unpublished document: English Heritage. 1995. Schedule Report.

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