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Bill Hill # 5 - The Barrow - Bracknell | by Rob Jennings2
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Bill Hill # 5 - The Barrow - Bracknell

The hollowed out Barrow at the top of Bill Hill. This hollow is thought to have been caused by early unrecorded excavations. The mound would have been more pronounced at the time of construction.


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Bill Hill rises dramatically from the grassland off Downshire Way. Its setting, at the heart of Bracknell, is unique and from the trees cloaking the hilltop you gain a fascinating perspective on the towns high rise offices and apartment blocks. With ever expanding urban development closing in from all directions, the site offers a curious blend of ancient and new. A mile and a half to the south is The Look Out Discovery Park, located amid the trees and pine woods of what remains of Windsor Forest. From the main entrance to Bill Hill you can follow the clear trail up to the summit where several other well-used paths allow you to stroll at will amid the trees and enjoy the scene.

Bill Hills wooded slopes of oak and beech create a striking local landmark as well as providing a pleasant island of woodland for both visitors and wildlife to enjoy. Squirrels are common, and you should also look out for woodpeckers and nuthatchers, as well as for garden birds such as robins and wrens.


At the top of the hill, on its eastern side, is a circular mound of earth, hollowed out in the centre. It is partly this feature that gives Bill Hill such great curiosity value. This is the remains of a Bronze Age tumulus or round barrow, an example of one of the most common of Britains prehistoric monuments. Round barrows are found all over Britain and were used from the Neolithic period {c2200 BC} right through the Bronze Age (c1000 BC) and again in the Anglo Saxon period, although they date mainly from the Bronze Age. They were used as burial mounds and may cover individual or multiple burials. These barrows may also have been used for cremations.


The hollow in the top of Bill Hill barrow may well have been the result of an early unrecorded excavation.


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Taken on April 15, 2013