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Burpham; enclosure near The Burgh

In the civil parish of Burpham.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of West Sussex.
1974 county of West Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Arundel).

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ04841101
Latitude 50.88925° Longitude -0.51050°

Burpham; enclosure near The Burgh has been described as a Siege Work but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


circular banked enclosure near the prehistoric tumulus at The Burgh ... a low bank enclosing an area some 135/140 feet in diameter, but if there was a ditch it is no longer visible. Whether this was another siege castle, or an enclosure for animals, it is impossible to say. However, it stands in a very exposed and inhospitable position. (Purton 1998)

Clearly marked feature on map and air photo but does not seems to be recorded in the archaeological databases. The Burgh bowl barrow scheduled monument lies 200m NNW. A very similar feature lies 900m west (at TQ040112) and is also not recorded. A 'Norman' cooking potsherd is reported by some authors as a find near this site, the dating of this find is dubious and anyway one shard of pottery may just represent a one night camp by one individual rather than a significant encampment. Medieval occupation/use seems unlikely.
Although not currently (Dec 2013) in the West Sussex archaeological database the initial opinion of the county archaeologist is 'that due to their regular size and circular form they are dewponds/former dewponds but of unknown date'. The westernmost one is water filled.
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