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Wharram Percy barrows

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<b>Wharram Percy barrows</b>Posted by Chris CollyerImage © Chris Collyer
Nearest Town:Norton (9km NW)
OS Ref (GB):   SE837636 / Sheet: 100
Latitude:54° 3' 40.52" N
Longitude:   0° 43' 15.85" W

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<b>Wharram Percy barrows</b>Posted by Chris Collyer

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The name Wharram Percy is most often associated with the DMV of the same name, but a short distance to the south-west is a collection of at least a dozen round barrows. Most of these, especially the barrows on the plateau of land between Toisland Farm and Wharram Percy farm, have been ploughed away but one survives as a slight bump next to a field boundary that leads north from SE837633. Others are marked on the OS Map running in a roughly east-west line to the north of the crest of Birdsall Brow but as this is private land (?) and someone was shooting game nearby I was reluctant to venture further to investigate. I did however get a picture of what is marked as a barrow as SE835637 although I’m not sure if the raised land it stands on is natural or man-made. There are some spectacular views from the crest of the Brow to the north – those Bronze Age people certainly knew how to site their cemeteries – and the whole area could do with some further investigation. Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
11th February 2003ce

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According to Dyer in ‘Discovering Prehistoric England’ some of these barrows follow the line of a possible ancient trackway close to Bridsall Brow. Some were dug into by JR Mortimer in 1866 who found – inhumations, cremations (some in the same barrows) food-vessels, a bone pin, flint knife and punch, collared urns and jet ear plugs. Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
11th February 2003ce