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Windmill Barrow

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Details of barrow on Pastscape

A possible bowl barrow recorded in 1955 by the Ordnance Survey as a tree-covered mound 33 metres in diameter and 2 metres high. A large depression in the top measures 10 metres in diameter and is circa 0.4 metres deep. This depression is, according to RCHME, embanked. The Ordnance Survey noted that, despite the name, there was no evidence at the site for the mound having been a windmill mound. However, RCHME regard the monument as almost certainly a windmill mound rather than a round barrow. Nonetheless, it is scheduled as the latter.

(SY 93729773) Windmill Barrow. Tumulus (NR) (1)
A bowl barrow, diameter 37 paces, height 12ft. covered in firs. Hollow in the centre. Height is about 7ft. from south 12ft. from north. (2)
A bowl barrow with no visible ditch. The tree-covered mound has a diameter of 33.0m., and a height of 2.0m. The hollow in the centre is a depression 10.0m. in diameter and 0.4m. deep. In spite of its name, no evidence of a windmill being at the site was found during recording or field investigation. (3)
SY 93729774. 'Windmill Barrow' probable windmill mound of pear-shaped form with diameters, 107ft. west to east and 94ft. north to south, and a height of about 11ft. There is an embanked circular depression about 45ft. diameter on the top of the mound which is situated on the spine of a slight ridge at about 250ft. OD. (4-5)
SY 937977. Windmill Barrow, round barrow. Scheduled. (6)
Windmill Barrow (name confirmed) remains as described by Auths 4 and 5. It is scheduled as a barrow, but R.C.H.M. believe it to be a windmill mound. No additional observations can be made to resolve the difference, except that it seems large for a windmill mound. On the Tithe Map the area is called "Fortune Close". Resurveyed at 1:2500 on M.S.D. (7)

( 1) Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 6" 1929
( 2) General reference Dorset Barrows MSS 1934-55 (L V Grinsell)
( 3) Field Investigators Comments F1 NVQ 24-NOV-55
( 4) Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England) 1970 An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume two : south-east [in three parts] No. 38 Page(s)482
( 5) Notes and queries for Somerset and Dorset No 11 31, 1980 Page(s)14
( 6) General reference Dept Of Environment (Insp Ancient Mons) Ancient Monuments of England, 1977, 66
( 7) Field Investigators Comments F3 JGB 19-FEB-81
( 7a) Externally held archive reference Tithe Map and Award 1839
Chance Posted by Chance
9th March 2012ce

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