WRW 001 - Traveller's Hill, King's Forest

SHER Number:WRW 001
Name:Traveller's Hill, King's Forest
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 8420 7449
Parish:WORDWELL, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

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Summary

Scheduled bowl barrow - presently part covered by trees.

Monument Types

Designated Status

  • Scheduled Ancient Monument 31085: BOWL BARROW KNOWN AS TRAVELLER'S HILL TUMULUS

Description

1800: two circular mounds are drawn within 'Hillock Close' on estate map (S7). Not known which barrows these might be but probably WRW 001 and either WRW 009 or 047.
1836 - Marked on OS lst Edition map.
1935 - A bowl barrow covered with trees. A smaller bowl barrow each side of it (see WRW 008, WRW 009, or WRW 047), as marked on OS lst Edition. These additional examples are under grass but look as if they have been ploughed in former times (S1).
1949 - 4 feet high, diameter 115 feet. Flat topped with ? recent excavation. Fir trees on mound. Many flakes found (S3).
1950 - Basil Brown note "This tumulus has been associated with a silver treasure, i.e. silver bells, 1942. Described to me by the Head Forester but not visited by me" (S2).
1962 - Bowl barrow, diameter 33m E- W x 29m N- S. Height 0. 9m. Rough pasture, trees and bushes (S3). Scheduled September 1962 (S5).
1976 - Height 0.90m, diameter 30m E-W x 27m N-S. Nine large firs on mound and elder scrub. Lies in slight clearing in forested area, alongside a path (S4).
1977 - Bowl barrow. 42m E-W x 36m N-S, 1.4m high. Top of mound has been disturbed (S3).
1981 - 'Monument extremely difficult to locate due to massive forestry planting since maplet produced. Old fir trees still on barrow and measurements at 3 feet high, 80 feet diameter appear reasonably correct (S5).
1986: Approximately 0.9m high, 30m E-W, 27m N-S. Old Scots pine growing on mound, with elder and many nettles. Forestry track (grassy & little-used) runs over E edge of mound. A few animal holes. Surface uneven-tree-holes or excavation? (S5).
1991: Easily found. Good condition. 30ft diameter x 5/6ft high. Five pines growing on it. Marked at risk because of trees growing on it.
February 1998: Scheduled area revised (slightly increased) - details in (S5).
April 2008: Still has ancient pines growing on it plus mass of brambles (C Pendleton & N Armour-Chelu, FC).
Aug 2008: following complete clearance of surrounding pine plantation one of ancient pines (north-easternmost) on summit blown over. Upheaval of shallow root stock has caused small amount of damage to mound surface. Two unpatinated secondary flakes (probably Neolithic or Bronze Age, now in SCCAS store) found in soil under disturbed root (S6).
April-May 2009: recorded as 'tree cover still stands' during Rapid ID survey by John Craven (S8).

Sources and Further Reading

[S1]SSF12271 - (No record type): NWHCM, photograph, 1935.
[M1]SSF46656 - (No record type): Barrow index :.
[S2]SSF50035 - Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XCVIII, 34, map 8.
[M2]SSF50035 - Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive : volume, map.
[M3]SSF46658 - (No record type): SAM file:.
[S3]SSF50032 - Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL87SW2.
[S4]SSF10875 - (No record type): Martin, E.A.. Martin E A, Barrow Survey Archive, SAU 1976.
[S5]SSF5230 - (No record type): DOE scheduling information..
[S6]SSF50006 - Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Site Report. Pendleton C (SCCAS), 31 Aug 2008.
[S7]SSF50262 - Cartographic materials: Map. A survey and rough plan of Wordwell Estate in the County of Suffolk 1800, SRO (Bury) M593/1.
[S8]SSF50355 - Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2009. Archaeological Survey Report: Rapid ID Survey of FC land Norfolk & Suffolk. p5-6, fig 3.

Associated Finds

  • FSF23007 - WORKED OBJECT (Undated)
Date Last Edited:May 27 2010 12:12PM
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