Bowl Barrow on Swyre Head


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Bronze Age
Windmill Mound

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Dorset County Council

District Council

Purbeck District Council


Corfe Castle

Parliamentary Constituency

South Dorset

Grid Reference

SJ934934 (393413, 78455)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.6052, -2.09309

Nearest Postcode

BH20 5PD

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A bowl barrow situated on Swyre Head. The barrow has a mound composed of earth and chalk, with maximum dimensions of 25 metres in diameter and about 2.5 metres in height. The mound is steep-sided and flat-topped, with a large square stone situated in the centre. The form of the mound is likely to reflect later modification of the barrow in order to act as a windmill moun, evidence for which is visible as two shallow trenches which cross the mound. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch which has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature 2 metres wide. Scheduled.

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