Margery Bower (Round Barrow(s)) on The Modern Antiquarian, the UK & Ireland's most popular megalithic community website. 2 images, 1 fieldnote, 1 piece of folklore, plus information on many more ancient sites nearby and across the UK & Ireland.
This is a nice spot...on a steep sided hillside south of Ashbourne overlooking the river Henmoor. Fine views out over Ashbourne to the hills of Bunster and Thorpe Cloud at the mouth of Dove Dale.
The O.S map marks the mound as a tumulus, although John Barnatt notes it as only a possible example in his 'Barrow Corpus'. There are no recorded excavations.
21st April 2007ce
Local legend has it that Cromwell's Parliamentarian troops set up a cannon on the barrow and fired on the town of Ashbourne a little more than a mile away.
Several of the cannon balls are displayed at St Oswald's church in the town.
17th April 2007ce