Record Details

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


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


Grid Reference:TF 7614 2794
Map Sheet:TF72NE

Full description

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

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).

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

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

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---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988.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.
---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.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 NE 17 [4].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Paterson, H. (A&E).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---Unpublished Document: Edwards, D.A.. 1989.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---Unpublished Document: Wymer, J.. 1989. A statement on the discovery of recent plough-damage to four prehistoric burial mounds scheduled as Ancient Monuments. 21 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.
---Record Card: 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.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF124.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF124.
---Unpublished Document: Edwrds, D.. 1983. Condition report on barrows at Harpley and Anmer Minque.

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