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Bratley Plain

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery

<b>Bratley Plain</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 29/10/2008.
Nearest Town:New Milton (14km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   SU21840861 / Sheet: 195
Latitude:50° 52' 33.53" N
Longitude:   1° 41' 22.38" W

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This is a barrow cemetary on the northern edge of the New Forest. Access is easy as a large layby on the busy A31 gives direct access. Also to the north of the site is a large car park, one of many provided by the New Forest countrypark.
The barrows are in some of the worst condition I have ever seen. This contrasts with the entries on M.A.G.I.C. and may well mean that I missed some small ones that haven't been damaged. The four pictured have all been robbed or very poorly excavated. The largest on the site has a large crater in the centre of it and is the least damaged!
The small, low barrows all had large cross shaped trenches across them and look ok from a distance, the damage only becomes really apparent up close.
H aving said all that, the site is worth visiting and had I had more time I would have visited the hillfort in the forest nearby, Castle Piece.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
30th October 2008ce
Edited 30th October 2008ce