Bell Barrow in Graffridge Wood, 400m South East of Keepers Cottage


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Bowl Barrow
Bronze Age

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

District Council

North Hertfordshire District Council



Parliamentary Constituency


Grid Reference

OV215215 (521475, 220868)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.8727, -0.235296

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The monument includes a Roman Barrow, a Bronze Age bowl barrow and a Bronze Age bell barrow, situated in Graffridge Wood. The bell barrow has a circular mound 25 metres in diameter and 2.5 metres high. The berm on which the mound stands is some 31 metres wide, sloping slightly down to the encircling ditch. Although the ditch is partly infilled, it can still be traced as a shallow depression circa 0.4 metres deep and 4 metres wide. The Roman barrow stands to an height of 1.3 metres and is some 18 metres in diameter. An encircling quarry ditch circa 3-5 metres wide, has been largely infilled but is still visible, particularly to the north and west. The barrow was investigated in 1869 when evidence of burning was found. This may have represented a funeral pyre built over a rough stone platform, since the debris contained human finger bones. However, it is possible that the cremation took place elsewhere and the remains were subsequently placed in a small stone chamber or wood-lined grave beneath the mound. No secondary burials were reported from this investigation but, since only a small portion of the barrow was investigated, any such deposits will survive undisturbed. Immediately to the east is a bowl barrow constructed during the Bronze Age. The circular barrow mound is some 23 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high with a smooth, rounded profile. The quarry ditch is apparent as a shallow depression some 3 metres wide around the northern arc of the barrow. Scheduled.

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