Cockadobby Hill Barrow

Farnborough Hampshire England United Kingdom





This page is really just an online note book. I like ancient monuments and as I have one that I can look at right on by doorstep

I thought I would make some notes on it. I have taken some pictures which I will add to this page. One thing that did surprise me was that there is

very little information on this barrow, so what is below this is all the information I have so far found and as you can see there is very little.

By the way a dobby is from the old english for hobgoblin....




Cockadobby Hill Farnbrough

Barrow Pictures all taken in 2006 (David Williams)



Cockadobby Hill Barrow

(From The Modern Antiquarian website in 2006 )

If you want an example of a barrow taken over by modern life, look no further than this large barrow that is now part of the busy "Queen's Roundabout" where the A3011 and A325 meet between Farnborough and Aldershot. Parking is obviously a bit of a problem, but there are several side roads within a 5 minute walk, or try the Holiday Inn; just off the roundabout.

The road, and a brick wall, cut into this bowl barrow on the East side, and a stone fountain / war memorial cuts into it on the North side, but otherwise it's still a pretty impressive size, maybe 3m high and 25m in diameter, encrusted with large trees all over, and some small but dense pines on the East side.

The Hampshire County Council website says that the barrow is on a natural rise in small clump of trees and is mutilated on the south west by old trench. (I have yet to see this on the ground D Williams)

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (number 12155) - grid reference SU 8683 5343.



(From Hampshire County Council website 2006)

On a natural rise in small clump of trees. Mutilated on the south west by old trench. O.S.A. No. SU85 SE5.

Ref: 1. P.H.F.C., Vol. 14, 1938-40, pp.28, 30, 348. Ref: 2. A History of Farnborough, 1913, (Kinch). Ref: 3. The Story of Aldershot, (Cole), pp.10, 13, 39, 354.



( From English Heritage's record of scheduled monuments 1991)

MONUMENT: Bowl barrow on the Cockadobby Hill roundabout

Description of the Monument

The scheduling includes a large bowl barrow set below the crest of a gentle south-west facing slope and now incorporated into a roundabout at a modern
road intersection. The barrow mound survives to a height of 3m and is 37m in diameter. Adjacent to the mound and built over the northern portion of the
barrow ditch is a monument known as the South Africa Memorial, commemorating `One who died for his country MCMI'. A hollow area on the western side of
the mound suggests partial excavation. The South Africa Memorial is not considered part of the scheduling although the ground beneath the Memorial is included.

Assessment of Importance

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 protection.

Despite the possibility of partial excavation of the Cockadobby Hill barrow mound, most of the monument remains intact and survives well. It therefore has considerable archaeological potential.

Scheduling History

Monument included in the Schedule on 6th September 1950 as: COUNTY/NUMBER: Hampshire 199 NAME: "Cock-a-Dobbie Hill" barrow, Farnborough

Scheduling amended on 11th September 1963 to: COUNTY/NUMBER : Hampshire 199 NAME: Cockadobby Hill barrow, Farnborough

The reference for this monument is now:

NATIONAL MONUMENT NUMBER: 12155 NAME: Bowl barrow on the Cockadobby Hill roundabout, Farnborough




What is a Bowl Barrow

A round barrow featuring a mound surrounded by a ditch, with no intervening berm. The ditch may be accompanied by an external bank.

(A berm is a narrow space, such as that between banks and ditches. It can also refer to a raised linear bank separating two areas, added this just so you know what a berm is I had to look it up D Williams.)

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