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Monument Name Sturmer Bowl Barrow
SMR Number 1590
Summary Bowl barrow, c0.25 miles north north west of the church, c120ft in diameter at the base, 8ft high.
Media
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
Sturmer Bowl Barrow, Sturmer, Braintree
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Description Bowl barrow, c0.25 miles north north west of the church, c120ft in diameter at the base, 8ft high. Fairly good condition. Unclassified. <1> <2> Shown on copy of OS map in SMR. <3> According to local legend the site is a burial mound of one of Boudicca's generals! The mound was more of a landmark 60yrs age-the owner's father recalled it as tree-covered and surrounded by a hedge. Since cultivation by the owner's family it has been reduced in height by c3ft and the top has started to subside. <4> Diameter is 47.39m north east-south west, 46.3m north west-south east, on a slope, it is c3-5m high. The owner remembers playing on the barrow as a boy in the 1920s, he remembers it as 16ft higher, larger and surrounded by a `moat'. It was fenced with a gate, large trees grew on the top. "Description perhaps suggests a Roman barrow". <5> 7 photos in the record. <6> <7> Maybe a robbed Roman barrow. 36.58m high, 2.43m high. Reference to finding of late Roman hoard of bronze vessels in long barrow in VCH "is totally unfounded, source unknown". <8> <9> Site Assessment = Mound in good condition, grassed over, kept cut by owner, signs of subsidence on the highest point, shows as a shallow depression. In 1979 was 30cm deep, c1m in diameter, in 1980 was possibly slightly deeper. Field ploughed round the barrow, perimeter respected. Grassed area presumably scheduled area, is certainly the area agreed in the AP agreement. Was larger and ditched once. <5>
Monument Type(s) ROUND BARROW (Dated 43AD to 409AD)
Monument Class(es) EARTHWORK
Period 43AD to 409AD Roman
Status Scheduled Monument
Administration Area STURMER, BRAINTREE, ESSEX
National Grid Reference Square: TL64SE
Ref: 688443
Finds None listed
Events Field visit to 1590 by Paterson, H, FMW on JAN-197

Field visit to 1590 by Paterson, H, FMW on NOV-198

Field visit to 1590 by Chant, K, FMW on OCT-1982

Sources Aerial Photo : 171-2 (unknown) Dated : unknown

Aerial Photo : 305-15; 318-27 (unknown) Dated : unknown

Aerial Photo : 521-6 (Rogers, P) Dated : 1993

<1> Desc Text : An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 1 (RCHME) p298 Dated : 1916

<2> Desc Text : SMR form unknown Dated : 1960 0nwards

<3> Map : SMR (unknown) OS 1:2500? Dated : unknown

<4> Desc Text : Mystery mound waits to be excavated (unknown) newspaper cutting Dated : unknown

<5> Scheduling record : DOE Scheduled Ancient Monuments (HBMC) Part 2 Dated : 1983

<6> Aerial Photo : TL64-001 (unknown) Dated : 1976

<7> Photograph : TL64-001 (unknown) 6 frames Dated : unknown

<8> Desc Text : The Barrows of East Anglia (Priddy, DA in Lawson, AJ, Martin, EA and Priddy, DA) No 12, pp21, 99, Gazetteer No 123 Dated : 1981

<9> Desc Text : VCH - Essex Vol 3 (Hull, MR) Vol 3, p185 Dated : 1963