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Record details

BCC record ID:0091000000
Type of record:Monument
Summary:Late prehistoric round barrow excavated in the nineteenth century and re-used as a beacon and Second World War gun emplacement.
Grid Reference:SP 8360 0618
Parish:

ELLESBOROUGH, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • ROUND BARROW? (Late Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 2500 BC to 42 AD)
  • BEACON? (Medieval to Post-Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1798 AD?)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (Modern - 1939 AD? to 1945 AD?)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Ancient Monument
  • Planning Notification Area

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Yes

Full description

Dimensions - Length 0600 cm Width 0350 Height 0091
EXCAVATED BY B BURGESS. FOUND BONE FRAGMENTS, A HORSES TOOTH, A LITTLE CHARCOAL & COARSE BROWN & BLACK POTTERY (B1).
SCRAPED BARROW (B3).
PRESUMED BARROW IS SMALL OBLONG MOUND WITH DITCH. SHARP FEATURES PRESUMED DUE TO USE AS A BEACON. EARTHWORK AT END OF HILL USED FOR FLAGSTAFF. ALSO GUN EMPLACEMENT (B8).
SAM (B9).
MPP field worker also notes scar on side of barrow - left from 1856 excavation? (B10).

Sources and further reading

<1>Article in serial: B Burgess. 1855. 'EARTHWORKS AT HAMPDEN & LITTLE KIMBLE', IN RECS OF BUCKS1 PP140,141. Vol 1.
<2>Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1 P142.
<3>Article in serial: James Dyer. 1959. 'BARROWS OF THE CHILTERNS', IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL116 P16. No 116.
<4>Unpublished document: BCM ACCESSIONS REGISTER 1961 & 1973.
<5>Bibliographic reference: FARLEY M E & PIKE A R (BCM) MAY 1978 VISIT TO REV C N WHITE.
<6>Verbal communication: PAVRY MR F TO FARLEY M E (BCM) 21 MARCH 1973.
<7>Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARD.
<8>Verbal communication: Andrew Pike (BCM). 1979. PIKE A R (BCM) OCT 1979 FIELD VISIT.
<9>Scheduling record: English Heritage. 1995. SCHEDULING LIST OF INSPECTORATE OF ANCIENT MONUMENTS.
<10>Graphic material: Dave Went (EH). 1995. Plan of earthworks on Beacon Hill by MPP Fieldworker.
<11>Graphic material: Went DA. 1995. MPP compass survey of Beacon Hill.
<12>Scheduling record: English Heritage. 1996. SCHEDULING LIST OF INSPECTORATE OF ANCIENT MONUMENTS.

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC11794:
  • EBC13472:
  • EBC15932: MPP fieldworker site visit

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Images

Round barrow reused as a beacon and a hollow-way on Beacon Hill, Ellesborough  © Buckinghamshire County CouncilRound barrow reused as a beacon and a hollow-way on Beacon Hill, Ellesborough, Chequers in the background  © Buckinghamshire County Council

Reports

No image caption available  © Buckinghamshire County Council

No image caption available © Buckinghamshire County Council