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Long Barrow

Nearest Town:Chipping Norton (13km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   SP216186 / Sheet: 163
Latitude:51° 51' 54.22" N
Longitude:   1° 41' 10.59" W

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This sounds like another contender for the 'don't mind me' category. The long barrow was built in the Neolithic on a slight NE-SW ridge, with its front end facing the north east. But the landscape has been considerably messed with since - it now sits amongst the Little Rissington airfield, built in WW2 - but the barrow is still up to 1.8m high.

Its record on 'Magic' says some stones can be seen protruding through the ground - the barrow was partly excavated in the 1930s and it was found that a stone passage ran c.20m into the barrow from its entrance, ending in a small chamber. Other excavations found another chamber in the side of the barrow.

During World War II, someone saw fit to build a brick bomb shelter into the north west side of the mound. Perhaps we should be charitable and see it as an interesting reuse of the barrow. Maybe.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th July 2004ce
Edited 6th July 2004ce