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HER Number: 2287
Record Type: Monument
Name: Anglo Saxon Burial Mound


  • Scheduled Monument () 1009414: Anglo-Saxon burial mound immediately north of Over Worton church graveyard
Grid Reference: SP 430 292

Monument Type(s):


Immediately north of Over Worton Church Graveyard. The monument includes an Anglo-Saxon 'hlaew', situated on the north edge of the graveyard at Over Worton

Associated Monuments

  • None
  • Associated Finds:

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  • Description

    (1) The site occupies a hill with gentle slopes to the N and E and a steeper slope to the W. The monument includes a flat topped conical mound made of earth and stone. The mound measures 18m in diameter and stands up to 2m high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This has become partially infilled over time but remains visible at ground level as a shallow feature 2m wide and c.0.3m deep. The ditch has become obscured by leaf litter on the E side of the mound but will survive as a buried feature.
    The barrow and the nearby church lie at the centre of an extensive medieval field system, much of which is visible as earthworks
    (2) OS field investigation 5/5/72 suggests that this is the mound of a small motte and bailey castle with the church now standing in the bailey
    (3) Over Worton church occupies the remains of a circular platform on the spine of a steep ridge. Contiguous to the NW is a circular mound 17m in diameter and 2m high. Mound is overgrown
    (4) Round barrow close to church. Diameter 60' (80m) height 6' (1.75m)
    (5) C.20m diameter and 2m high

    <1> English Heritage, Scheduled Ancient Monuments Record, SM 21810 (Scheduling record). SOX283.

    <2> Field Notes/Field Visit, Mr Bush, 5.5.72 (Unpublished document). SOX261.

    <3> OS Record Card, SP 42 NW 7 (Index). SOX273.

    <4> General reference, L Armstrong, FMW, from SAM report (Scheduled as round barrow) (Bibliographic reference). SOX373.

    <5> A Mudd, 1983, Round Barrows of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Appendix 1 (Article in serial). SOX379.

    <6> Additional Information in Detailed Record File, Report of field visit and by M Aston (1970) (Index). SOX258.

    <7> Oxford Architectural & Historical Society, Oxoniensia, Vol XIX (1954) p.143 (Serial). SOX284.

    <8> Victoria County History of Oxford, Vol II, p.346 (Serial). SOX252.


    <1>English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monuments Record. SM 21810. [Scheduling record / SOX283]
    <2>Field Notes/Field Visit. Mr Bush, 5.5.72. [Unpublished document / SOX261]
    <3>OS Record Card. SP 42 NW 7. [Index / SOX273]
    <4>General reference. L Armstrong, FMW, from SAM report (Scheduled as round barrow). [Bibliographic reference / SOX373]
    <5>A Mudd. 1983. Round Barrows of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Appendix 1. [Article in serial / SOX379]
    <6>Additional Information in Detailed Record File. Report of field visit and by M Aston (1970). [Index / SOX258]
    <7>Oxford Architectural & Historical Society. Oxoniensia. Vol XIX (1954) p.143. [Serial / SOX284]
    <8>Victoria County History of Oxford. Vol II, p.346. [Serial / SOX252]