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HER Number: 3180
Record Type: Monument
Name: The Mount Bell Barrow


  • Scheduled Monument () 1009413: The Mount bell barrow 110m south west of Mound Farm
Grid Reference: SP 279 237

Monument Type(s):


Well preserved Bronze Age bell barrow known as 'The Mount'. See description for details of survival.

Associated Monuments

  • None
  • Associated Finds:

  • None
  • Description

    1) The barrow mound measures 22m in diameter and stands up to 2.2m high. A level 2m wide berm around the base of the mound is surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material was obtained during construction of the monument. This ditch has become partially infilled over the years but remains visible at ground level as a shallow depression 4m wide and c.0.4m deep. Beyond the ditch, there are traces of an outer bank which survives up to 1m wide and 0.1m high.

    2) Round barrow - large mound, no sign of bailey and unlikely to be a motte. Might be a Saxon barrow of Asthall. It has a fine surrounding ditch, a conical top, and there is a trace of revetment at base of slope. All these signs might be due to C18th reworking of mound.

    3) This is a fine, undamaged bowl barrow, 22m in diameter and 2.2m high surrounded by a ditch, 505m wide and 0.7m deep. There is a strong possibility that the present conical appearance of the mound is due to an early C19 landscaping when it was first planted with conifers; it is now ringed at base with 50 year old conifers.

    4) Classified as Anglo Saxon hlaew for MPP; not scored as bell barrow because of other identification; SVL, 26/09/08.

    <1> English Heritage, Scheduled Ancient Monuments Record, SM 21809 (Scheduling record). SOX283.

    <2> Victoria County History of Oxford, Vol II, p.345 (Serial). SOX252.

    <3> OS Record Card, SP 22 SE 8 (Index). SOX273.

    <4> MPP Documents for Oxfordshire, S Lisk, 27.1.93 (Index). SOX259.

    <5> Black and White print photographs, 1 aerial view taken 1972/3 by Helicopter Training School, Netheravon (Photograph). SOX315.


    <1>English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monuments Record. SM 21809. [Scheduling record / SOX283]
    <2>Victoria County History of Oxford. Vol II, p.345. [Serial / SOX252]
    <3>OS Record Card. SP 22 SE 8. [Index / SOX273]
    <4>MPP Documents for Oxfordshire. S Lisk, 27.1.93. [Index / SOX259]
    <5>Black and White print photographs. 1 aerial view taken 1972/3 by Helicopter Training School, Netheravon. [Photograph / SOX315]