prehistoric-Bronze Age...

 

our Ancient Scheduled Monuments..

 

Shrouded in mystery.. Long-forgotten meaning... These millenia-old earth constructions are from a similar era of sacred activity as StoneHenge, albeit not as visually impressive. 

Some say ley-lines connect them.. others say a ley line joins the nearby medieval churches such as Clayton, the monuments and the tip of our field.

Spending a little quiet time on the highest part of the farm... above the feeling of farmland, and into a sense of timelessness and our older heritage.. Merging with a sense of spaciousness and freedom is precious indeed.  Just to be lifted out of the mundane, even for a moment..

You can’t be buried up there anymore, - and not many people ever were.. one had to be pretty important to qualify for that honour even in the Bronze Age.. but you can enjoy the opportunity to walk up there, see for miles, listen to the skylarks and breathe in a vast landscape, alive and well. 





 

Cross ridge Dyke

Entering sacred ground used to be restricted to those who were on the guest list.. or knew the doorman.. well, quite what the history of accessing hill ceremonies via the ancient and man-made ridge constructions were.. still mystifies historians.. Imagine your own scenario as you walk alongside our 80 metre length of cross ridge dyke* up to the summit where lie-eth a round barrow, with a stunning and commanding view of all the ancient kingdom..




Historic England:  “Very few have survived.. and hence all well-preserved examples are considered to be of national importance.”

Platform Barrow



Close by and rarer still is a well preserved platform barrow.  “Their importance lies in their potential for illustrating the diversity of beliefs and burial practices in the Bronze Age and, due to their extreme rarity and considerable fragility, all identified platform barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.”     Historic England

The domed   summit of Wolstonbury  with its Iron Age Fort remnants is owned by The National Trust

Links to our Historic England Classifications:

Cross Ridge Dyke and Round Barrow https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1015226

Platform Barrow https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1015227