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|Description ||This is the largest barrow in Britain and very few people know of it. This Romano-British site at Bartlow is on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border at TL 586453. Originally the largest group in Europe when there were seven enormous barrows here. Then the now disused railway came through and flattened four of them! The largest survivor is 45 feet high and the highest in Britain by far. The wooden staicase gives access to the top without causing erosion. You can then look down on the other two giants. Many suberb artefacts have been recovered and are now in Colchester Museum (Bartlow was formerly in Essex).
Access is via a footpath, but it is not well marked. Bartlow is a small crossroads hamlet with few houses. Look for the "Three Hills" pub and the path is beyond the entrance to the big house next door. It seems incredible that this magnifent and enormous site is so little valued locally. The largest barrrow is second only in size to Silbury Hill and if Bartlow were in Wilts rather than Cambs there would be hundreds of visitors every day. Go there and be amazed!|
|Roy Camp |
|A wonder of history, not known by many, even by those who live local, well worth a visit.|
|I live in Essex and will certainly make the effort to search this out. Because there is less to see in East Anglia people tend to forget the link with the earth and our past that is so imprtant.|
|There is easy access along the footpath from St Mary’s church yard http://www.druidic.isles.net/camchurch/churches/bartlow.htm. The church was open when I visited.
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