Monument record BGL 009 - Eight Round Barrows on Martlesham Heath; Brightwell Heath

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Scheduled Bowl Barrow in Birch Grove, Martlesham Heath.


Grid reference Centred TM 2456 4479 (25m by 24m)
Map sheet TM24SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Bowl Barrow in Birch Grove, Martlesham Heath. One of 'Eight Round Barrows on Martlesham Heath'. Round Barrow. 1935: Bowl barrow. Badly dilapidated at E (S1).
1962: A small bowl barrow, in bracken, measuring 8.5m in diameter and 0.8m high. It has a shallow depression at the centre but is otherwise apparently in good condition. There is no visible ditch (S2).
1974: Unlocated in dense bracken.
June 1981: Bracken covered, depression in centre and contiguous bank to west. Approximately one metre high. Details and sketch in parish file (S4).
1982: Presumed destroyed.
1984: Relocated, circa 8m in diameter. Garden of new building plot.
1985: Recently re-discovered during clearance prior to building. In woodland and covered with bracken and birch. Surviving to approx 0.5m high with a slight trace of ditch to S. E edge crossed by a footpath. Now marked by Bidwells with a ring of 5cm x 5cm wooden stakes set inside the ditch and a notice saying 'Tumulus please keep clear' (S3).
1989: Owner carried out illegal levelling work (dumping and stripping) and was fined (in 1990).
Now in Martlesham parish following boundary change.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> (No record type): NWHCM, 1935.
  • <M1> (No record type): Barrow survey:.
  • <R1> Bibliographic reference: Martin, E.. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia.
  • <M2> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S2> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM24SW17.
  • <M3> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: correspondence, (S4).
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Site Report. SAU, Martin E, site report, June 1981, plan.

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Record last edited

Jun 7 2019 11:49AM

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