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Whitnell Corner

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery

Nearest Town:Wells (6km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   ST598491 / Sheets: 182, 183
Latitude:51° 14' 20.77" N
Longitude:   2° 34' 33.31" W

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Visited 30.3.13

To the west of Binegar, either side of the B3139

I observed both Barrows from the side of the road.

The Barrow immediately to the south of the road is no more than a small grass covered mound. It looked smaller to me that what E.H. state. Either it has since been ploughed out or I was looking at the wrong thing!

E.H. state: ‘A mound 35m in diameter and 2.15m high’.

The Barrow to the north of the road was much easier to spot.
The grass covering this Barrow has been worn away on one side and appeared brown and bare.
E.H. state:
‘A flat topped mound 18m in diameter and 2m high’

Worth a quick look when driving down the road but not much more than that.
Posted by CARL
2nd April 2013ce
Edited 3rd April 2016ce


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Leslie Grinsell was told personally 'by a countryman' prior to 1939 that one of the barrows south-west of Whitnell Corner had been opened "for a pot of gold".

(p31 in Barrow Treasure, in Fact, Tradition, and Legislation
L. V. Grinsell
Folklore, Vol. 78, No. 1. (Spring, 1967), pp. 1-38.)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th June 2007ce


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‘Drive by’ 30.3.13

Although my O/S map showed 4 Barrows in the group, I could only spot 2 from the roadside. Both of the Barrows I could see are very prominent and easy to see.

There is no public access to the field and as I wasn’t feeling too good I contented myself for a view from the road.

Well worth keeping an eye out for when in the area.

E.H. state:
‘The monument includes two bowl barrows located on rising ground 350m NNE of Whitenell Corner. The northernmost barrow comprises of a mound 30m in diameter and 2.5m high. The southernmost barrow comprises of a mound 18m in diameter and 1m high at its highest point’.
Posted by CARL
2nd April 2013ce