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The Seven Barrows

Round Barrow(s)

<b>The Seven Barrows</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 18/05/07
Nearest Town:Wareham (2km SE)
OS Ref (GB):   SY912887 / Sheet: 195
Latitude:50° 41' 50.16" N
Longitude:   2° 7' 28.61" W

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I have decided to update the field notes for this site as the last one I put up was inaccurate. There are in fact 8 barrows in this group. The road from Wareham to Bere Regis splits the cemetery in half. It is two groups of four and they are aligned from east to west in a line.
M.A.G.I.C says they were excavated by Shipp and Durden in 1844, the signs left by these amateur diggers are plain to see now.
These are all medium sized bowl barrows in reasonable condition. They overlook Poole harbour and the Purbeck hills to the south.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
1st December 2009ce
Edited 25th December 2010ce


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Details of Barrows on Pastscape

The monument includes a group of eight bowl barrows comprising a round barrow cemetery, situated on a ridge overlooking Poole Harbour to the south east and with views to the Purbeck Hills to the south. The barrows, which are aligned north east-south west, each have a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of between 10-25 metres in diameter and circa 0.2-0.8 metres in height. The mounds are each surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature circa 1.5-2 metres wide. Scheduled.

Seven Barrows, group of eight barrows, all but ('F') in a near-straight line SW-NE on the summit of a small but sharply-defined heathland ridge above the 100ft contour. A ninth possibly existed at 'J'-SY 91168857 but no trace remains. Probably all but (13) were dug into by Shipp and Durden in 1844 without result (C.T.D.,cpf, No 1).

A-(8) Bowl (91148864) Diam. 66ft. ht. 3 1/2ft. Top markedly flat, apparently an original feature.
B-(9) Bowl (91168868) 30 yards NE of (8). Diam 64ft. ht 3 1/2ft. Flat-topped as (8).
C-(10) Bowl (91188870). 50 yards NE of (9). Diam. about 37ft., ht. 4 1/2ft.
D-(11) Bowl (91188874) 30 yards NNE of (10). Diam. about 30ft. ht. about 2ft.
E-(12) Bowl (91918878) 60 yards NE of (11). Diam: about 37ft., ht. 4ft.
F-(13) Bowl (?) (91918879) immediately N of (12). Ploughed almost flat.
G-(14) Bowl (91238880) 20 yards NE of(12). Diam about 37ft ht. 4ft.
H-(15) Bowl (91258883) 45 yards NE of (14). Diam 42ft ht 4 1/2ft.(2)
SY 912887. seven Barrows, south of Northport Heath, Scheduled. (3)
Chance Posted by Chance
23rd August 2015ce