Bronze Age Barrows

Near the canal at Monument Bridge there are three tumuli. Built during the Bronze Age, around 1500 BC, they comprise two bell barrows and a disc barrow. Bell barrows are burial monuments, the burials were normally cremations. They are thought to be for people who were important members of the community, possibly chiefs or elders.

The best preserved barrow is on the path which runs from opposite the car park at Britannia Wharf to a point on the Chertsey Road between the Welcome to Woking sign and Woodham Rise. The Barrow is circular in shape and has a central mound that is approx. 1.2m high and about 28m in diameter. The disc barrow next to it has almost disappeared.

Bell barrows (particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, the majority of the known examples occur further west in Wessex. The existence of the barrows indicates that Horsell was probably an important site for early bronze age man. English Heritage considers the area to be of national importance as it is one of the best examples in Surrey. Large trees and scrub have been removed to prevent roots from damaging the site, but the smaller plants, such as heather, act as protection and help to prevent erosion.

To view extracts from the Historic England records of Scheduled Monuments visit