Record Details

NHER Number:9463
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age round barrow, Big Wood


A Bronze Age round barrow that survives as an earthwork. The barrow was formerly within a plantation known as Big Wood that was felled in the 1920s. It is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs from 1945.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1813 0498
Map Sheet:TG10SE

Full description

Near to gravel pits, formerly in plantation (Big Wood) revealed by tree felling 1921.
274m (300 yds) from NHER 9464.
In southwest corner field immediately northwest of what was the ford. Formerly tree covered, one of the biggest and best preserved in the county. Gravel pits around mound. 40m (44 paces) diameter, about 2.4m (8ft) high. No visible ditch; fence encroaches on west, rabbit burrows.
(S1) observations February 1923; 18 December 1923; 20 February 1925.
R.R. Clarke (NCM)

38m diameter, 2.3m high, covered in bracken and bramble, rabbit infested.
Disused pit reaches to edge of barrow.
A.J. Lawson (NAU) 9 December 1975.

Ancient Monuments Form, (S2).

August 1988.
No change.
J. Wymer (NAU).

January 2001. Visit.
Barrow masked by scrub/ bramble/ bracken. Planting of young trees in area respects a 1 to 2 metre distance from base of barrow. Agent to send estimate for strimming followed by a possible S.17 Management Agreement.
H. Paterson (A&E) 2 February 2001.

April 2011. Norfolk NMP.
The round barrow described above is visible faintly as an earthwork on aerial photographs in 1945 (S3-S4), however it becomes harder to see through the tree cover on photographs from 1946 (S5) onwards. It is centred on TG 1813 0498 and appears to measure approximately 33m in diameter.
E. Bales (NMP), 14 April 2011.

Monument Types

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

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---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988.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: Corbishley, M.J.. 1983. AM107.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 10 SE 7.
---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. Hethersett.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: CXR 4, CYA 7-8, CYB 7.
---Designation: [Various]. Scheduling and/or Listing Correspondence. Correspondence. DNF79.
<S1>Publication: Clarke, W.G.. MSS 129.
<S2>Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF79.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/770 6138-9 06-SEPT-1945 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/795 6021-2 12-SEPT-1945 (NMR).
<S5>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1606 6074-5 27-JUN-1946 (NMR).

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