Monument record FXL 011 - Seven Hills Round Barrows; Knight's Wood

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Seven Hills (part of) (See also Nacton and Bucklesham) - Round Barrow, Scheduled Monument.


Grid reference Centred TM 2226 4132 (25m by 26m)
Map sheet TM24SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Seven Hills (part of) (See also Nacton and Bucklesham) - Round Barrow.
1962: `A large group of barrows lies around the crossroads, N of Orwell railway station. Of the 12 investigated, 11 were found to be bowl barrows. The 12th has been almost completely destroyed. A 13th barrow was unlocated. None has a visible ditch' (S1).
`A' - `In a clearing in Knight's Wood, but totally obscured by tall bracken. About 1.5m high. Diam not obtained. Appears to be in good condition.' (S1).
1976: Two overlapping barrows: A - 1.58m high, circa 26m diam covered with small trees and 5 large trees; B - 1.18m high circa 22m diam, covered with small trees. `A' lies to W of `B' (S2).
1981: The Seven Hills may be seen as forming part of a linear cemetery of 29 barrows, the remainder being composed of round barrows and ring-ditches in Levington parish to the E. The cemetery is followed by the parish boundary dividing Foxhall and Bucklesham (to the N) from Nacton and Levington (to the S). Under bracken and trees - double (S3).
1986: The barrows lie in woodland, all but 2 (12/i and 12/l) in a narrow strip between a railway line to the SW and the new A45 to the NE. Under mature deciduous trees with some conifers, scrub and bracken. Rabbit holes (S3).
1991: Said to be at risk: area devastated by storm drainage. Fallen trees removed, replanted, now covered largely by bracken and hardly accessible (S4).
1993: Two contiguous bowl barrows. `The barrows are visible as earthen mounds in a S-E to N-W alignment, the first standing to a height of 1.2m and the second to a height of 1.6m, covering overlapping circular areas which measure circa 22m and 26m in diameter respectively. The combined length of the two barrows on the S-E to N-W axis is circa 40m'. Scheduled area redefined in November 1993 (S3).
Now in Nacton parish following boundary change.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM24SW15A.
  • <M1> Photograph: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Air Photograph. APs: SAU, AEC 10 (A); AEC 11 (B).
  • <R1> Bibliographic reference: Martin, E.. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, Martin E, 1976.
  • <M2> (No record type): Barrow file:.
  • <M3> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Suffolk Preservation Society. 1991. Suffolk Preservation Society Survey. Suff Pres Soc Survey, 1991.

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Jul 7 2019 5:06PM

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