Record Details

NHER Number:5057
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age round barrow and Mesolithic and Mesolithic/Neolithic worked flints, near Hopton House


A Bronze Age round barrow which survives as an earthwork. It is one of a group of round barrows (NHER 5051, 5052, 5053, 5054, 5055 and 5056) that form a Bronze Age barrow cemetery near Hopton House. A small assemblage of Mesolithic and Mesolithic/Neolithic worked flints was found close to this barrow in 1986.


  • Photograph of a Bronze Age round barrow that survives as an earthwork at Hilborough.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TL 8583 9900
Map Sheet:TL89NE

Full description

Large barrow west of Hopton House on boundary bank.
Trig point on mound.
See (S1).
R.R. Clarke (NCM)

Edges badly damaged, mound grassed, with telegraph post in centre.
35m diameter, 1.8m high.
Preservation order.
A.J. Lawson (NAU) 1976.

1983. Stray Find.
Found on ploughed ground beside barrow by J. J. Wymer (NAU):
Prehistoric worked flints. Donated to Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1986.226). Listed in an accompanying note as:
4 Mesolithic blades, 1 denticulated blade segment, 1 end scraper and 1 small two-platform core.
5 Mesolithic/Neolithic flakes (only largest patinated).
Information from (S2).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 26 April 2013.

7 August 1996. NLA air photography.
Round barrow still visible.
S. Massey (NLA), 8 November 2001.

15 January 1998.
Holes dug by military for anti tank gun position to northeast and southwest of the barrow, just outside the concrete
markers. No sections visible due to shuttering. Around 1m deep, 1m wide and 3 to 4m long.
D. Gurney (NLA), 15 January 1998.

October 2003. Visit.
Thick bracken cover.
This to be treated by spraying and/or strimming. Displaced perimeter bollards to be reinstated.
H. Paterson (A&E), 19 February 2004.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • BLADE CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • END SCRAPER (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • SERRATED BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

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---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988.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.
---Documentary Source: Watson, A. Q. 1940. Notebook belonging to A.Q. Watson. Norfolk Museums Service.
---Photograph: HP 26, CXZ 10-11.
---Aerial Photograph: TL8598 A; TL8599 A,G-P,Q.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF241.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TL 8599S.
---Designation: Corbishley, M.. 1983. AM107.
---Article in Serial: Davison, A. 1994. The Field Archaeology of Bodney and the Stanta Extension. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt I pp 57-79. p 59.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 89 NE 5 [3].
---Unpublished Document: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England. Ancient Monuments Record Form.
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Cressingham (Little).
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Publication: Grinsell. 1953. Ancient Burial Mounds. p.19,112,974.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

Related records

5056Related to: Bell Hill Bronze Age round barrow (Monument)
5054Related to: Bronze Age round barrow near Hopton House (Monument)
5055Related to: Bronze Age round barrow near Hopton House (Monument)
5053Related to: Site of Bronze Age round barrow (Monument)
5051Related to: Site of Bronze Age round barrow near Hopton House (Monument)
5052Related to: Site of possible Bronze Age ring ditch east of Hopton Farm (Monument)

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