Record Details

NHER Number:3531
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age barrow

Summary

The mound of this Bronze Age barrow stands around 1m high on a platform itself 80cm above normal ground level. The platform is 23m in diameter. It is surrounded by a ditch up to 4m wide. The ditch has now been infilled. The barrow is part of a cluster of Bronze Age barrows on Harpley Common.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7614 2794
Map Sheet:TF72NE
Parish:HARPLEY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Bell Barrow 670m NE of Crow Hall, Harpley Common.

Barrow.
About 91m (100 yards) east of Peddars Way and 594m (650 yards) south of crossing of Peddars Way and Anmer to Rudham road. Well defined tumulus, height about 2.44m (8 feet), 29m (32 yards) diameter with ditch 90cm to 1.5m (3 to 5 feet) wide. Practically no bank. Covered dense braken. Apparently undug.
A.Q. Watson, 1935.

1937 to 1938.
Ditch almost ploughed out.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

1974.
21m diameter, 2m high with hint of ditch. Covered in elders in ploughed field.
A.J. Lawson (NAU), 7 February 1974.

1981.
Now 20m diameter, better preserved than neighbouring barrows owing to elder bushes on it.
D.A. Edwards (NAU), 18 May 1981.

August 1983.
Mound in good order, 2 to 3m area around not ploughed, yet no trace of ditch now visible.

February 1988 and February 1989.
Mound seriously damaged by ploughing.
J.J. Wymer (NAU).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Management Statement
  • Scheduled Monument
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7527 A-D; TF7528 B,D-F; TF7628 A-C,E; TF7627 E,P-U,W-Z,AR-AS,AU-AV,ABL,ABM.
---Article in serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423.
---Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduling Report.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 NE 17 [4].
---Unpublished document: Paterson, H. (A&E). Norfolk Ancient Monuments Management Project Site Form.
---Unpublished document: Edwards, D.A.. 1989. Statement on the Aerial Photography of Plough Damage to Four Prehistoric Burial Mounds (Scheduled Ancient Monuments) at Harpley, Norfolk. 22 February.
---Unpublished document: Edwards, D.. 1989. Harpley Barrow Report.. February.
---Unpublished document: Lukis, F.C.. Extract from one of the Lukis M.S. Note Books in Guernsey Museum..
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Article in serial: Robertson, D. & Paterson, H.. 2010. The Norfolk Monuments Management Project 1990-2010. Twenty Years Conserving the County's Rural Historic Environment.. Norfolk Archaeology. XLVI, pp 15-28.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Harpley.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: CXT 6, EME 2-5, EMV 6, EQG 15-16, EQF 13.
---Photograph: Edwards, D.A.. 1989. CXT 8 to 9, CXX 6 to 7, EQF 11 to 12, EQG 13 to 14. Harpley Barrows.

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