Barrow Field, Bushy Park, Teddington, Middlesex

Tumulus (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – TQ 163 703

Archaeology & History

This is one of very few prehistoric tombs that are known about from the London region and — surprise, surprise! — very little is left of the place.  No surprise really.  It appears to have first been explored soon after Queen Victoria came to the throne

“A barrow on the south side of Sandy Lane was excavated in 1854.  It revealed some much disturbed burials, some flint tools and part of a bronze dagger.” (Ching & Howe 1980)

There were in fact the remains of three people found here: one at base level; the other just below the top; and the third body comprised remains that appear to have been buried just beneath the surface.  The tomb was a big thing aswell — being nearly 100 feet across and more than 10 feet high.  Pity there’s little to be seen of it today…

References:

  1. Ching, Paddy & Howe, Ken, Teddington – As it Was, Hendon: Nelson 1980.
  2. Gordon, E.O., Prehistoric London – Its Mounds and Circles, Covenant: London 1946.
  3. Merriman, Nicholas, Prehistoric London, London Museum 1990.
  4. Spence, Lewis, Legendary London, Hale: London 1937.

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian

About megalithix

Occultist, prehistorian and independent archaeological researcher, specializing in prehistoric rock art, Neolithic, Bronze Age & Iron Age sites, and the animistic cosmologies of pre-Christian & traditional cultures.
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2 Responses to Barrow Field, Bushy Park, Teddington, Middlesex

  1. Scotty says:

    I own a property whose garden appears to be at the center of the barrow, if any further information has come to light since your publication in October 2005 we should be very interested to hear more about it. Many thanks..

  2. megalithix says:

    Hi Scotty –
    I’m afraid that nothing new has come to light, as far as I’m aware. But if we hear anything new, I’ll amend and update this site profile.
    …..Changing tack entirely: I was looking up info on a cup-and-ring stone just a few hours ago near the lovely hamlet of St Martins, above Perth, Scotland, and the only info regarding its whereabouts was from someone calling themselves ‘Scotty’ (serious!). I was wondering how the hell I could contact him, but there was no contact info. You wouldn’t be the same person by any chance? (a wild stab in the synchronistic dark – but y’ never know ;) )
    All the best – Paul

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