Record Details

NHER Number:4531
Type of record:Monument
Name:Hangour Hill, Anker Hill or Anchor Hill


A Bronze Age round barrow, which was excavated in the early 20th century without recovering any finds. In local legend, the barrow is supposed to have been created by the Devil.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 752 087
Map Sheet:TF70NE

Full description

Barrow, 3/4 mile east of Devil's Dyke on Swaffham to Dereham Road.
About 27m (90 feet) OD.
Excavated by Sir John Evans and Sir William Fowler; no finds.
'The Devil was cleaning his spade against a tree when a lump of earth fell off the spade forming the barrow. Beneath the barrow a pair of silver gates is said to be buried', see (S1).
L. V. Grinsell has fuller account related by shepherd to friend, see (S1).
See (S2) and (S3) in file.

March 2008.
Section 17 agreement renewed, backdated to 21 January 2008.
See (S4).
D. Robertson (NLA), 25 March 2008.

March 2014.
Section 17 agreement renewed, backdated to 21 January 2013.
See (S5).
D. Robertson (HES), 5 June 2014.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Section 17 Agreements
  • 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---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988.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.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 418.
---Publication: Clarke, W. G. 1925. In Breckland Wilds. First Edition. p 186.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF55.
---Article in Serial: Whyte, N.. 2003. The after-life of barrows; prehistoric monuments in the Norfolk landscape.. Landscape History. Vol 25, pp 5-17. pp 5-16.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 70 NE 1 [4].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Archive: Norfolk Monuments Management Project File.
---Newspaper Article: Nightingale, R.C. (Lynn Advertiser). 1908. [unknown].
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Beechamwell.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---*Digital Archive: Norfolk Monuments Management Project Photographic Archive.
<S1>Publication: Grinsell, L.V.. 1953. Ancient Burial Mounds. p.79.
<S2>Designation: Corbishley, M.. 1982. AM107.
<S3>Photograph: CDY 4.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 2007-2008. Section 17 Management Agreement.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 2012-2013. Norfolk Monuments Management Project Section 17 agreement.

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