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Lew mound

In the civil parish of Lew.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Oxfordshire.
1974 county of Oxfordshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP31890634
Latitude 51.75483° Longitude -1.53926°

Lew mound has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Barrow lies on a small round hill and is visible from all directions. Measures 30m in dia and up to 2.8m high. Slightly irregular profile due to animal disturbance and natural erosion. No sign of ditch. The mound measures 30m in diameter and stands up to 2.8m high. It is constructed of stone, collected from the local area, and turf. Its profile is now slightly irregular due to limited disturbance by burrowing animals and natural erosion over time. There is no evidence of a ditch around the mound itself; this is a common feature of hlaews in the county. The 1830 edition of the Ordnance Survey map shows that the small ditched enclosure in which the barrow stands was then known as Barrow Grove. Site appears to be artificial mound of roughly similar dimensions to above. Biggest threat is from rabbit warrens. No artefacts visible on surface. Traces of ditch visible, but enclosed area. Very small for bailey; ditch more likely an old field boundary or drainage ditch. Lew means '(at the) tumulus', V.hlaew (under hlaw). Classified as Saxon hlaew for MPP. Originally classified/scheduled as castle mound. Later interpreted as bell barrow or slumped bowl barrow. (Oxfordshire HER)

Even given that Lew is probably a much reduced village the site is isolated and very unlikely as a manorial centre.
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