SY7981 : Wardstone Barrow

taken 10 years ago, near to Chaldon Herring or East Chaldon, Dorset, Great Britain

Wardstone Barrow
Wardstone Barrow
This bronze-age round barrow is on the chalk ridge just inland from the coast, between the White Nothe headland and West Lulworth. It was originally one of a pair, but the eastern barrow has been levelled by farming activity. The mound is 15 metres in diameter, up to 2 metres high, and the surrounding ditch is mostly infilled. The mound is now overgrown with gorse and brambles.

The name of this barrow probably comes from the Anglo-Saxon "weard-stān", meaning stone where watch was kept. The barrow is located in a very prominent position on the coastal ridge with good visibility all around, over land and sea. There is no record of a megalith at the site - only of an excavation in 1867 that uncovered a cinerary urn.

The track on the right of the photograph is a permissive footpath, leading to Chideock Farm some 300 metres further on. The research reactor buildings on Winfrith Heath can be seen in the misty distance, just to the right of the barrow mound.
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Date Taken
Monday, 24 December, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 31 December, 2007
Category
Tumulus   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 7933 8133 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:37.8778N 2:17.6169W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 7932 8131
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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