Seven Barrows

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Seven Barrows in 1933, photograph by Major George Allen (1891–1940).
A view of four of the barrows

Seven Barrows, situated just North of Lambourn, Berkshire, England, is a site of a Bronze Age cemetery. The cemetery is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.[1] The site is also a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).[2]

Excavators have found that one grave alone contained the cremated remains of 100 individuals dating from 2200 BC. The site lies along the Lambourn to Kingston Lisle road. Despite its name, it contains 26 barrows of various types (some sources say over 30). There are bowl barrows, bell barrows, saucer barrows and disc barrows. Lambourn is famous for its 'Seven Barrows', just above Upper Lambourn. There are over thirty Bronze Age burial mounds forming a large prehistoric cemetery. On a line to the west of Seven Barrows is the Long Barrow, which dates from c. 4000 BC making it 2,000 years older than the other barrows. Unfortunately it has been half destroyed by deep ploughing and only the mound in the woods and a few sarsen stones remain.[3] The barrows themselves are low mounds, generally overgrown with grass and cannot be seen from the road due to a hedge.


The site is situated mainly within Ordnance Survey mapping 1 km square grid reference SU 3282


  1. ^ "Bowl barrow 270m north-east of Sevenbarrows House: part of the Seven Barrows cemetery - 1012418". Historic England. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  2. ^ "SITE NAME: SEVEN BARROWS" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  3. ^ p65, John North, Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos , The Free Press, 2007

Coordinates: 51°32′38″N 1°31′37″W / 51.544°N 1.527°W / 51.544; -1.527