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Walford Barrow

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:Knighton (10km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SO385724 / Sheets: 137, 148
Latitude:52° 20' 44.77" N
Longitude:   2° 54' 10.48" W

Added by CARL

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Visited 10.8.11

Directions: A short distance west of the hamlet of Walford on the A4113.

I saw this on the O/S map marked as 'tumulus' and decided to check it out whilst visiting the nearby Hillfort of Brandon Camp.
Parking is very difficult on this stretch of busy road and I couldn't find anywhere near to where I needed to be. In the end a settled for a slow 'drive by' and could make the Barrow out through the hedgerow.
It appeared to be about 1 metre high and 10 metres across – with the top of the Barrow levelled off.
As I say, this wasn't the best of ways to see the Barrow so my estimations may not be as accurate as they could be.
Posted by CARL
12th August 2011ce


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English Heritage description:

Despite an early investigation of the mound, the bowl barrow west of Walford Farm is a well preserved example of this class of monument. The barrow mound will retain details of its method of construction and evidence for the burial practices of its builders. The accumulated ditch fills will contain environmental evidence of activity at the barrow and land use around it. The buried ground surface beneath the mound itself will similarly preserve environmental evidence for the landscape in which the barrow was constructed. The 18th century investigation of this barrow, while causing only slight disturbance to the mound, has demonstrated the importance of its deposits. Other records indicate its probable association with similar barrows, now destroyed. The barrow has group value drawn from surrounding monuments, and its roadside position makes this barrow a clearly visible landmark.


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a bowl barrow situated on level ground south of the River Teme and immediately south of the A4113. The barrow consists of an earthen mound, circular in form, c.20m diameter and c.1.2m high. Material for the construction of the barrow mound will have been quarried from a surrounding ditch, which is now completely infilled and no longer visible on the surface. The barrow mound has a slightly flattened top which may have resulted from an archaeological investigation, in 1736, when an urn containing human bone was found. The barrow stands in an archaeologically rich area, which includes the Iron Age hillforts of Brandon Camp and Coxall Knoll, two Roman camps, and the Romano-British town of Leintwardine to the east on a Roman road (all the subject of separate schedulings).
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
3rd December 2011ce