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Symonds Hall Farm

Long Barrow

Nearest Town:Nailsworth (6km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   ST79719596 / Sheet: 162
Latitude:51° 39' 41.53" N
Longitude:   2° 17' 36.15" W

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Visited 28.12.12

Directions: Take the B4058 north out of Wotton-Under-Edge and where it joins the A4135 there is a minor road to the south. (You can also reach The Clump Long Barrow from this direction).
The Long Barrow is easily visible in the field to the east.

Parking is possible in a passing place and Karen patiently sat in the car while I peered over the hedge looking for a way into the field. Obviously there must be an entry somewhere but I couldn't spot it. There was no way through the hedge. I therefore had to settle for a view from afar.

The Long Barrow looks a bit like the back of a camel – two humps – where it has been dug into in the past. From a distance it looks to be about 2 metres high and 50 metres across.
Posted by CARL
5th January 2012ce


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Pastscape description:

The site was described by J Smyth (c.1640) as one barrow; Thomas Leman c.1790 referred to two barrows, and Fosbroke in 1807 wrote that a barrow here had been excavated a few years previously, but "its contents proved uninteresting". The Tithe map (c) (1847) gives 'Barrow Piece or Tump' in field No 183. The balance of evidence favours a long barrow dug in the middle about 1780'.

Inspection of APs tends to confirm these two mounds as two parts of a long barrow, with broad end to NE.

ST 7971 9596. This long barrow comprises an elongated mound 82.0 metres along its long axis (NE-SW) and 34.0 metres transversely and up to 1.7 metres in height. The summit is divided into two distinct mounds and it is badly mutilated and denuded by annual ploughing.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
28th October 2011ce