Record Details

NHER Number:5655
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age round barrow, Blood Hill


This Bronze Age bowl barrow is known as Blood Hill, Bloody Knoll or Haye Meer. The scheduled area for this monument includes part of an old boundary bank (part of NHER 62124) that now runs through the centre of the barrow. Various prehistoric, Roman and post-medieval finds previously recorded under this number are now detailed in separate NHER records (See NHER 5656, NHER 5657, NHER 58003, NHER 58004, NHER 58005, NHER 58006, NHER 58007, and NHER 58008).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 8407 8765
Map Sheet:TL88NW

Full description

Bronze Age barrow.

A large number of finds were previously recorded under this number but have now been split off. See NHER 5657 for unprovenanced material from Santon Warren that was previously discussed under this record and NHER 58003 for early 20th-century discoveries known to have been made in the vicinity of Blood Hill. Finds that were actually found in the vicinity of St Helen's Well are now recorded under NHER 5656. Finds recovered in more recent years in the vicinity of the barrow are recorded as NHER 58806, NHER 58807 and NHER 58808. Neolithic pottery that was actually found to the south of the area previously mapped is now recorded as NHER 58805.
P. Watkins (HES), 15 May 2013.

1905. Visit.
Bronze Age round barrow known as Blood Hill barrow, also referred to as Bloody Knoll or Haye Meer. See (S1), (S2) for further information and file for early photos (possibly taken by H. D. Hewitt).
The circumference of the barrow is 110 paces, with axes measuring 30 x 40 paces.

1935. Visit.
The dimensions of the barrow are 88 paces in circumference, with axes of 33 x 22 paces and a height of 6 feet.
R.R. Clarke (NCM), 1935.

1954. Visit.
The site has been almost flattened. Elongation may be due to the boundary bank. Called Haye mete in the 16th century. No hollow is visible in the top of the barrow.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

February 1976. Visit.
Mound measures 30 by 40 metres and is 0.5 metres high. It is gorse-covered and lies on a track through the plantation.
A. Lawson (NAU), February 1976.

1983-1987. Site Visits.
Site visited on several occasions by J. J. Wymer.
1983 - Track still crossed mound.
1984 - Plantation felled, track diverted to east.
September 1984 - Fenced.
December 1987 - In good order. See notes in file.
P. Watkins (HES), 14 May 2013.

MPP schedule includes section of boundary bank crossing mound. 29m by 40m oval mound 0.5m high; probably originally 34m across. Bank scheduled for 12.5m each side of mound.
E. Rose (NAU), 6 June 1997.

Scheduled Ancient Monument Management Plan March 2002 to March 2007.
See (S3).
D. Gurney (NLA) 24 April 2002.

December 2017. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
The Bronze Age round barrow described above is visible as an earthwork on imagery from a lidar survey flown in 2015 (S4) [1]. The boundary bank that crosses it, which marks the parish boundary, is now recorded as part of NHER 62124.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 13th December 2017.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BOUNDARY BANK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988. A Further Report on the Condition of Barrows in the County and the Question of their Preservation.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF192.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 88 NW 45.
---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 - Neolithic. Lynford (Santon).
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: HP 14-16, CYD 2, CYM 1-3,.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF192.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF192.
<S1>Publication: Clarke, W. G. and Clarke, R. R. 1937. In Breckland Wilds. Second Edition. p 54.
<S2>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 421.
<S3>Unpublished Document: English Heritage. 2002. English Heritage Management Agreement.
<S4>XYLIDAR Airborne Survey: Various. LIDAR Airborne Survey. LIDAR Santon Forest Research 0.5m DTM 15-JUL-2015 (BNG Project, FC England, Fugro Geospatial). [Mapped feature: #63840 Extent based on earthworks visible on a lidar survey., ENF140914]

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