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Finchampstead Mound

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Warren Lodge

In the civil parish of Finchampstead.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Wokingham.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU79206459
Latitude 51.37479° Longitude -0.86345°

Finchampstead Mound has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A mound at SU 79206459 is an exceptionally large bell barrow. A large pit in the southern part of the berm has cut into the central mound but otherwise it appears to be undisturbed. It has a maximum diameter of 30 metres, stands circa 3 metres high and is surrounded by a berm and ditch. At SU 7976449 there is a probable bowl barrow, comprising a slight mound 13.0 m. in diameter and 0.2 m. high, with faint impression of a surrounding ditch. The supposed bell-barrow was dug by T S Turner with Dr C F Slade from May 29th to June 3rd 1967. They concluded that the mound was either a medieval motte or even a post-medieval gun platform probably the former. (PastScape)

600m north of parish church, but not the manorial centre. Difficult to see any reason for the siting of a gun platform here. Gatehouse suspects this was a tumulus originally but the berm suggests some later alteration, possible as a medieval or post medieval park feature, but worth further investigation.
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