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King Offa's Tomb

Round Barrow(s)

<b>King Offa's Tomb</b>Posted by IkeImage © Ike
Nearest Town:Bristol (9km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   ST579820 / Sheet: 172
Latitude:51° 32' 5.29" N
Longitude:   2° 36' 25.34" W

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<b>King Offa's Tomb</b>Posted by Ike


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Visited 25.3.12

I say ‘visited’ but perhaps it was ‘not visited’?

Using a photo to help me identify the Barrow I did see a small ‘mound’ near the edge of a field which could possibly have been the Barrow – or then again it may have just been a ‘bump’ in a field!

If it was the Barrow it is now no more than a very low, almost ploughed out, grass covered mound.
Posted by CARL
26th March 2012ce


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I wonder if Ike's still about. I'd love to know how he knows about this site and its name.. I can't see the name on the maps. But anyway. Once there must have been a barrow round here and maybe this is it.
In a Tumulus at Over, in this parish [Almondsbury], opened in the year 1650, was found a human skeleton, in a sitting posture, which report affirms to have exceeded the common stature by three feet. No well-authenticated account of the discoveries made on the opening of this sepulchre, appears to have been written.
Doesn't seem unreasonable that a 8ft+ man would have been a king, fair enough.

From v5 of 'The Beauties of England and Wales', 1810.

On a map from 1880 I see 'site of tumulus' is marked at 58828178. So maybe that's the one referred to above, rather than Ike's mound?
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13th June 2008ce
Edited 1st January 2012ce