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Bodsham Long Barrow

Long Barrow


I first came here some 18 years ago... leaving without 'postable' photos, owing to the highly overgrown state of the monument at that time. I did not, however, leave imageless... those vivid pictures that remain within the mind long after a compelling event has (apparently) passed.

Yeah, such was the vibe that day that I am compelled to visit once again following an extended sojourn within not-too-distant King's Wood. To see if things have changed in the interim? As it happens, they haven't. At least not to any great extent, the great 'oval mound' still remains cloaked in foliage, the vibe still incredibly intense within the welcoming bosom of so much vegetation.

Historic England has the following to say:

"The monument in Shrub's Wood, an oval barrow or burial mound dating from the Neolithic period, includes not only a large earthen mound but also the broad ditches which flank the mound. The mound itself is orientated E-W, measures 38m in length, up to 19m in width and survives to an impressive 2m above the level of the surrounding land at its highest point. On either flank of the mound, and extending along its full length, are ditches from which the earth was quarried for its construction. Having been largely infilled by erosion of the mound and the ditch sides, these slightly curving ditches are now broad and shallow, measuring typically 5m across but only 0.5m deep. The ditch on the southern side is the more easily visible."

So, to translate: the long barrow is still some 125ft long - which is pretty long, to be fair - and over 6ft high. Yeah, the inhabitants of Bodsham are lucky people, methinks.
23rd May 2023ce
Edited 30th July 2023ce

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