Walking through Wychwood forest (part of the Cornbury estate, some game keepers with big smokin' rifles cocked who were shooting squirrels approached us, and said 'you're going the wrong way'. I said: 'no I'm not'. They wanted to know if we had permission to be there, which we did. They turned out to be really friendly and interested in the long barrow.
A big Roe Deer galloped through the trees in front of us away from the gunfire.
Churchill Copse long barrow is virtually an unrecognisable ruin and had it not been sited in the forest would've been lost to ploughing years ago. As it is, the only way to spot it is that it's an overgrown earthen lump about 60 ft long, maybe more, at the track side which swings round slightly to get past it. There's no stones, no naffink. Just another ancient monument being reclaimed by its environment. Very sad.
(SP 33191688) Long Barrow in Churchill Copse (note name) is a long barrow though a short one (24 paces). Its position is incorrectly shown in the VCH, from which it was plotted here (since corrected). It stands on north side of the long and straight riding (east-west), 115 paces west of the north-south riding. It has been dug all along the middle and across the middle; no ditches or big stones. Maximum height about 3ft 4ins; oriented east to west. (1)
This barrow is at SP 33171685 but is otherwise as described above. Surveyed at 1:2500. (2)
(SP 33171685) Long Barrow (NR) (3)
You need permission from the Estate Manager at Cornbury Park to see Churchill Copse Long Barrow. Expensive People frequently have fun killing deer here, so to avoid shot in your arse, permission is recommended!