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Tumble Beacon

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:Belmont (3km N)
OS Ref (GB):   TQ242590 / Sheet: 187
Latitude:51° 18' 57.54" N
Longitude:   0° 13' 3.49" W

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This bowl barrow was built on a gentle north-facing slope on the North Downs, long ago in the Bronze Age. But now it's probably part of someone's private garden, and surrounded by houses on 'The Drive' in Banstead!

In 1594 it was used as a beacon (and local legend describes its use at the arrival of the Spanish Armada). It stands 4m high - maybe it was enlarged for its new use? It now unfortunately has concrete steps on one side and hides a WW2 air raid shelter, but is at least commemorated in the name of a local pub...

(facts from its record via MAGIC)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd July 2004ce
Edited 23rd July 2004ce