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Bury Hill (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Bury Hill</b>Posted by juamei juamei Posted by juamei
25th March 2018ce

Old Winchester Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

St Catherine's Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Danebury (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Frankenbury Camp (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Castle Piece (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Tatchbury Mount (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Norsebury Ring (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Buckland Rings (Hillfort) — Images

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25th March 2018ce

Devil's Ditch (Dyke) — Folklore

The line of the Devil's Ditch and the county boundary runs pretty straight towards Park House (still a hotel, on the old line of the A303), which sounds like where Park Gate must have been, and presumably the stone. So it makes you wonder if this huge stone did have some significance. I can't see it marked on a map so not sure quite where it was - it's hard to tell which direction the 'narrow lane' was heading (possibly NW back along the boundary but who knows). Now the area is carved up with roads so I fear it won't be there any longer. But it sounds impressively big.
The county boundary at Clarendon Hill, about a mile west of North Tidworth, turns towards the south along an old landmark called the "Devil's Ditch," on the western side of Beacon Hill, down to Park House. The burial mounds called barrows abound in the direction of Ambresbury; and no wonder, for we are approaching what was once the fashionable burying-ground of eminent Ancient Britons.

[...] At Park Gate, on the county boundary, on the road between Andover and Amesbury, there is, or was, in a field abutting on a narrow lane leading from the roadside inn, a flat stone, of large dimensions, 11ft. long, 12ft. in breadth, and 5ft. in thickness. One of the many traditions about Stonehenge is that the great Sarsens came from Andover, and this Park Gate stone, in order to help the tradition, is quoted as having been on its way thither but abandoned.
From 'Notes on the Border of Wilts and Hants' by the Rev. Canon J.E. Jackson, in WANHM v21, 1883.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th December 2017ce
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