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HER Number MWB1574
Record Type Monument
Name COMBE GIBBET - Long barrow and wooden post

Grid Reference SU 364 622
Map Sheet SU36SE
Parish Combe, West Berkshire
Inkpen, West Berkshire
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Renowned and highly visible monument of Neolithic barrow on which was erected a 17th century gibbet

Other Statuses and Cross-References

  • Berkshire SMR No. (pre 2000): 01054.00.000

Monument Type(s):

Full Description

The name Combe Gibbet is commonly used to refer both to the wooden gibbet and the long barrow it is erected on. The barrow is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, but the gibbet structure is excluded from the scheduling. Public access is possible to this site.

The name Gallows Down has been given to the area, although the gibbet was apparently never used for hanging.

Sources and further reading

---1842. Inkpen Tithe Map. Marked 'Gibbet'. [Map / SWB12642]
http://ww2.berkshirenclosure.org.uk/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=DD1%2f76%2f1 (Accessed 10/02/2022)
<01>Archaeology Branch of Ordnance Survey & Newbury Museum staff. 1926 onwards. Newbury Museum Archaeology Map XLI SE.. 41SE. 6 inch. Annotated 'Sherds & Rims. Surface finds of RB pottery. Various find dates. HHCoghlan 20/7/55 '. [Map / SWB11437]
<02>READING MUSEUM INDEX CARD. [Unpublished document / SWB7117]
<03>02/02/1971. NMRSU3761/23/38-42. [Photograph / SWB638]
<04>18/04/1961. CUCACT29. Aerial Photo. [Photograph / SWB637]
<05>23/05/1962. CUCAEK32. Aerial Photo. [Photograph / SWB636]
<06>23/05/1962. CUCAEK27. [Photograph / SWB635]
<07>1899. ORDNANCE NOTE BOOK 1899. P14,19. [Unpublished document / SWB10707]
<08>Berkshire Archaeological Society. 1936. Berkshire Archaeological Journal 1936 40. 40. In ADS Journals. 10.5284/1000017. P55 in An Analysis and List of Berkshire Barrows Part I Addenda by LV Grinsell. [Article in serial / SWB10457]
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/berks_bas_2007/journal.cfm?volume=40 (Accessed 26/04/2016)
<09>Berkshire Archaeological Society. 1946. Berkshire Archaeological Journal 1946 49. 49. In ADS Journals. 10.5284/1000017. P51 in Notes on Recent Antiquarian Discoveries in Berkshire (III) by F M Underhill. [Article in serial / SWB10411]
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/berks_bas_2007/journal.cfm?volume=49 (Accessed 25/01/2012)
<10>BCC Dept of Highways and Planning Annual Report. 1993. Archaeology in Berkshire 1992. [Article in serial / SWB13028]
<11>Pevsner, N. 1966. The Buildings of England (Berkshire). p119-20. [Monograph / SWB10024]

Related Monuments

MWB1576COMBE GIBBET (Monument)
MWB1575Combe Gibbet Long Barrow (Monument)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

EWB1415Berkshire County Council/Babtie general monitoring