History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The disc barrow is the largest in Hampshire
Disc barrows, sometimes called fancy barrows, were used by the Beaker People of the Wessex area from approximately 1800 - 1750 BCE. They are a derivative of the earlier bell barrow design, and are characterised by a broad, low shelf, or berm, surrounded by a ditch.
VisitingThough the barrows are easy to access once you know where they are, they aren't immediately obvious as you enter Littletown. There is no obvious sign that I could see, and no parking nearby. I parked on a residential street about 5 minutes walk from the junction of Kennel Road and Main Road, in the centre of Littletown. The barrows proved to be on the east side of Main Road just north of Kennel Road, beyond a small wooden gate.
There is an English Heritage information panel inside the field, which is rather crammed in between houses on three sides. Immediately beside the panel is the sarsen stone and in front of that is an obvious bowl barrow, looking like an upturned cereal bowl. A short path leads past the barrow to the much more obvious disc barrow. This is really quite impressive, though the earthwork banks are low and very eroded. You can walk around the circumference of the disc barrow, on top of the banks, and you can make out the outlines of the two small burial mounds inside the earthwork circle.
About Flowerdown Barrows
Address: Main Road, Littletown, Hampshire, England, SO22 6PS
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Open access site. Located at the crossroads in the centre of Littleton vilage, just off the B3049.
Website: Flowerdown Barrows
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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