Long barrow 3/4 mile (1200m) SW of St Rumbold's Church


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County Council

Dorset County Council

District Council

East Dorset District Council


Wimborne St Giles

Parliamentary Constituency

North Dorset

Grid Reference

SE026026 (402573, 116939)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.9513, -1.96337

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A Neolithic long barrow incorporated into the line of the Dorset Cursus (Linear 41). The barrow is listed by RCHME as Pentridge 18 and by Grinsell as Pentridge IV. RCHME described the barrow as a mound 140 feet long, measuring 50 feet wide and 8 feet high at the northeast end and 40 feet wide and 4.5 feet high at the southwest end. The barrow has been incorporated into the northwest bank of the Cursus, and its alignment differs slightly from that of the Cursus. The barrow is presumed to have pre-dated the Cursus, although Barrett et al (1991, 49) raised the possibility that the barrow may have been built alongside an earlier phase of the Cursus, becoming incorporated into the Cursus bank when the latter monument was enlarged. In the absence of excavation, this is highly speculative.

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