Frowsbury Mound: a bowl barrow 70m south of Clear Barn
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1009481
Date first listed: 30-Nov-1925
Date of most recent amendment: 05-Aug-1992
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Guildford (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: SU 93893 47690
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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. 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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
Despite some disturbance to the mound caused by the construction of a golf tee, Frowsbury Mound survives well and contains archaeological remains and environmental information relating both to the monument and the landscape in which the barrow was constructed. The site has historical associations with Queen Victoria, as the mound was used as a vantage point from which to review her troops in 1857.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a slight rise to the south of
Hog's Back chalk ridge. The barrow comprises a mound 41m in diameter and 2.4m
high surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years and is
no longer visible at ground level but survives as a buried feature c.5m wide.
The mound was used by Queen Victoria in 1857 as a vantage point from which to
review her troops. This event was commemorated by the erection of a stone
tablet and a flag pole on the summit of the mound. These are surrounded by a
post and chain fence. The flag pole and fence posts as well as a wooden seat
on the mound are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath them
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 20147
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, (1987), 11
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, (1987), 25
Ordnance Survey, SU 9347,
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing