Firle Beacon

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Looking north-west from the escarpment at Firle Beacon

Firle Beacon is a hill in the South Downs of southern England.[1] It is 217 metres high and is a Marilyn. It commands a far-reaching view. When the prevailing wind is northerly, the site is often used for gliding activities like slope soaring.


In the area of Firle Beacon is a Neolithic long barrow and several round barrows.[2] Round barrows generally date from the early Bronze Age.

At Firle Beacon itself (grid reference TQ 485 059) is a bowl barrow, about 60 feet (18 m) in diameter and 3.5 feet (1.1 m) high. It was opened in 1820; finds included two cremation urns.[2][3]

The long barrow near Firle Beacon

The long barrow, 220m west of Firle Beacon (grid reference TQ 483 058), is about 112 feet (34 m) long, 70 feet (21 m) wide and 8.5 feet (2.6 m) high. It has an east–west orientation, and has a surrounding ditch, more noticeable on the northern side.[2][4]

There are other round barrows within a kilometre of Firle Beacon, to the west and east.[2][3][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Godfrey-Faussett, Charlie (2004). Footprint England. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 192. ISBN 1-903471-91-5.
  2. ^ a b c d Richard Wainwright. A Guide to the Prehistoric Remains in Britain. Volume 1: South and East. Constable, 1978. Page 231.
  3. ^ a b Firle Beacon round barrow and two adjacent round barrows, West Firle Historic England, accessed 30 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Oval barrow and adjacent bowl barrow, 220m west of Firle Beacon Historic England, accessed 30 January 2017.
  5. ^ Two groups of round barrows SE of Firle Beacon Historic England, accessed 30 January 2017.

Coordinates: 50°50′N 0°06′E / 50.833°N 0.100°E / 50.833; 0.100