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Barrowfield, Great Amwell

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Gallows Plain

In the civil parish of Hertford.
In the historic county of Hertfordshire.
Modern Authority of Hertfordshire.
1974 county of Hertfordshire.
Medieval County of Hertfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL34751311
Latitude 51.80041° Longitude -0.04720°

Barrowfield, Great Amwell has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Mound 10' high and 150' round, no trace of burial on excavation (Renn 1971).

Although slightly disturbed by the construction of a golf bunker, the bowl barrow near Gallows Plain is of large size and has never been excavated. It contains archaeological and environmental evidence relating both to the monument and to the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated east of Hertford, on the crest of a hill overlooking the River Lea. The hemispherical earth mound measures 40m east-west by 46m north-south and is c.1.6m high. The north side of the barrow has been slightly disturbed by the construction of a bunker on the former golf course. Although no longer visible, a ditch, from which material was excavated for the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has been infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. (Scheduling Report)

On the East Herts Golf Course, in a commanding position above the Lea Valley, there is a large barrow measuring 40.0m east-west, 46.0m north-south and 1.6m high. Although of a bowl shape, it has been spread and mutilated by a bunker on the lower northern slopes. There is no visible ditch. The field-name 'Barrow Field' is very significant. A beacon probably occupied the site in the 16th century (F1 CFW 08-AUG-60).
This area has been developed for housing but the barrow has been preserved, untouched, within a concrete fence (F2 JRL 10-DEC-75). (PastScape)

Questionable castle site was an isolated mound, although now within modern suburb. Nothing on old maps suggest this a a focus of medieval occupation. Marked Tumulus on modern OS map. Was in a detached part of Great Amwell parish but now in Hertford CP.
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