Record Details

NHER Number:2912
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bintree Hills Bronze Age barrow and semaphore station


This is the site of a Bronze Age bowl barrow that was partially excavated before 1883. The excavation site was then filled in and was reused as a semaphore station by the nearby Watts Naval Training School (NHER 2934).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 99408 22530
Map Sheet:TF92SE

Full description

Bowl barrow.
Situated on top of the South Hill in front of Watts Naval Training School; diameter about 18.3m (20 yards), height 1.5m (5 feet).
This tumulus was excavated over sixty years ago before the school was built (built in 1871 - E. Rose (NAU)). A Naval semaphore has since been erected on the top, filling in part of the excavation. I knew this tumulus as far back as 1883 when the school was the Norfolk County School; the semaphore was not erected till after 1900.
A.Q. Watson, 21 November 1936.

Partly excavated before 1883; excavation northeast side.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

The school was demolished in the 1960s. Mound covered in trees and bracken west of house 19m north to south 21m east to west, 1.8m high. Base of semaphore on summit.
A.J. Lawson (NAU), 11 April 1979.

7 December 1983.
Condition as above. In wood at front of demolished school. Young oaks on mound.

27 January 1988.
No change, though building work in progress nearby on levelled site of old school.
J.J. Wymer (NAU).

September 2002.
Condition as before, although woodland more mature. Area to east being developed.
Grid reference corrected (original TF 9945 2252).
D. Gurney (NLA), 30 September 2002.

Monument Types

  • BOWL BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SEMAPHORE STATION (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Bintree.

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