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Emmas Grove, Coberley

In the civil parish of Coberley.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO93481594
Latitude 51.84203° Longitude -2.09603°

Emmas Grove, Coberley has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Rawes writes "Mound with large ditch, uncertain whether round barrow or motte" quoted from O'Niel and Grinsell. PastScape record three Bronze Age round barrows.

The monument includes three bowl barrows, known as Emma's Grove round barrows, situated below the crest of a hill in the Cotswolds. The southern barrow is the largest, having a mound which measures 32m in diameter, and which is 4.2m high on its western side and 2m high on the east. In the centre of the mound is a large depression about 9m in diameter and 1.2m deep, which is thought to be the result of unrecorded excavation in the past. Surrounding the mound is a ditch up to 4m wide and 1m deep, from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrow. To the north west of the large barrow mound is a second mound, measuring 10m in diameter and 0.6m in height. A third barrow is situated 25m to the north east. This mound measures 12m in diameter and is about 1m high. These two smaller barrows also have depressions in the centre of their mounds which are considered to be the result of unrecorded excavation. Surrounding each of the smaller mounds are ditches from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrows. These ditches are no longer visible at ground level, having become infilled over the years, but survive as buried features about 2m wide. The three barrows appear to represent at least two phases of construction, with the two smaller barrows predating the larger barrow. (Scheduling Report)

Position does overlook a pass from Gloucester onto Cotswolds but there is no evidence of medieval reuse and this can be rejected as a castle site.
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