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The Butt (Fritham) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>The Butt (Fritham)</b>Posted by A R Cane<b>The Butt (Fritham)</b>Posted by A R Cane A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
3rd July 2017ce

Oram's Arbour (Hillfort) — Images

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24th February 2017ce

Stock's Farm Long Barrow — Images

<b>Stock's Farm Long Barrow</b>Posted by marky marky Posted by marky
31st December 2016ce

Cold Pixie's Cave (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

Here in the Forest still lives Shakspeare's Puck, a veritable being, who causes the Forest colts to stray, carrying out word for word Shakspeare's description, -

"I am that merry wanderer of the night,
When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,
Neighing in likeness of a filly foal."
(Midsummer Night's Dream, Act ii., Sc. 1.)

This tricksy fairy, so the Forest peasant to this hour firmly believes, inhabits the bogs, and draws people into them, making merry, and laughing at their misfortunes, fulfilling his own roundelay -

"Up and down, up and down,
I will lead them up and down;
I am feared in field and town,
Goblin, lead them up and down."
(Midsummer Night's Dream, Act iv., Sc. 2.)

Only those who are eldest born are exempt from his spell. The proverb of "as ragged as a colt Pixey" is everywhere to be heard, and at which Drayton seems to hint in his Court of Faerie:-

"This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt,
Still walking like a ragged colt."
From 'The New Forest: its History and its Scenery' by John R. Wise (1863).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd April 2016ce

Farley Mount Enclosure — Images

<b>Farley Mount Enclosure</b>Posted by UncleRob UncleRob Posted by UncleRob
1st April 2016ce

Cold Pixie's Cave (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 26.3.16

Easily spotted south of the B3055 - a short distance west of the Hatchet Pond Barrow. The previous excavation of this barrow has left it well mangled.

E.H. state:
This monument includes a round barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow mound, which was partially excavated during the winter of l941/2, measures 29m in diameter and 1.7m high. It was constructed of turves and gravel and is surrounded by a 2.3m wide ditch from which the mound material was quarried during construction. This ditch now survives as a 3m wide and 0.25m deep earthwork. No burial was found, the only find of note being an amber necklace.
Posted by CARL
28th March 2016ce

Hatchet Pond (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 26.3.16

Easily spooted south of the B3055.
Another barrow covered in gorse.
Immediately east of the barrow is an earthwork consisting of a low bank and ditch. No idea how old this is?

E.H. state:
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow mound is relatively flat topped and measures 25m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A slight hollow in the mound centre suggests previous robbing or early exploration of the site. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. This monument is one of a widely scattered group of round barrows situated on Beaulieu Heath.
Posted by CARL
28th March 2016ce

Ipers Bridge Road (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 26.3.2016.

Both barrows are easy to spot from the road but are both covered y the dreaded gorse.

E. H. state:
This monument includes two bell barrows situated on lowland heath. The southern barrow mound measures 16m in diameter and stands up to 1.4m high. Surrounding the mound is a level berm or platform, surviving to an average width of 2.2m, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow, and an outer bank. The ditch has become partly infilled over the years, but survives as a slight earthwork 2m wide and 0.8m deep; the bank is 2.7m wide and 0.4m high. The overall diameter of this barrow is 35m. The northern barrow mound measures 14m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m high. Surrounding the mound is a berm, which has an average width of 1m, a ditch, which is 2m wide and 0.5m deep, and an outer bank 3.5m wide and 0.4m high. The overall diameter of this barrow is 33m. Both barrow mounds have evidence for partial excavation or robbing in the form of a slight hollow in the mound centre.
Posted by CARL
28th March 2016ce
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