|Another visit to this site to find three more barrows. These are all to the west of the two in my original posting. The central pair are about 50 feet apart, the eastern one has been savagely "excavated", probably in the 19th century. The second of the pair is in much better condition. Both are covered in low scrub, but appear to have been cleared of thick vegetation recently, I suspect I have walked straight by them in the past.
The next two in the group are a bell type about 100m west of the central pair. The next barrow is a bowl type with an outer ditch and bank, difficult to see as it is covered in dense foliage.
The fifth barrow is the most westerly of the group and is just inside the heathland / forested area of the ridge on which the cemetery is sited. It is covered in youngish beech trees and does not appears to have been dug up in the past.
Athough most of the site is now tree and gorse covered these barrows would have been in clear sight from barrows to the north. These are Double barrow and a pair at Tolpuddle ball which are hidden in dense undergrowth.
There are at least another 3 barrows to be found in this group, inclubing a bell type and a bowl with an outer bank.
All these barrows are now surrounded by a ring of posts with chamfered tops with a carved M on the angle, these appear to be placed by the forestry commission to protect the monuments. I have also seen this at the nearby Yon barrow in Wareham forest.
Posted by formicaant
28th April 2009ce
Edited 14th May 2009ce