Barrow in Wilton Park


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1003039

Date first listed: 30-Jan-1957


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Wilton

National Grid Reference: SU 09880 30330


Bowl barrow 355m south-east of Washern Grange.

Reasons for Designation

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar, although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a diversity of burial practices. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. The bowl barrow 355m south east of Washern Grange survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 September 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a prominent hill wide valleys and wide valleys and confluence of the Rivers Nadder and Wylye. The barrow survives as circular mound measuring up to 30m in diameter and 1.3m high surrounded by a quarry ditch of up to 7.6m wide and 0.8m deep from which the construction material was derived and with a short length of outer bank to the north east only of up to 4m wide and 0.3m high. The barrow lies within the Grade I registered Park of Wilton.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: WI 671

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape 214603
Wiltshire HER SU03SE612

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