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Chambered Tomb


Visited 6.9.12

What a difference a visit makes.
Last time I was here I was chased by a herd of cows – this time all I had to avoid was the nearby portable loos!
Perhaps I should explain?

For a few years now myself and Karen had talked about visiting a sheep dog trials (as you do). We saw this event advertised in the local paper so thought we would have a look. I then realised that the event also just so happens to be held in a field with a Neolithic Burial Chamber and a Standing Stone. That’s what I call a win-win!

We paid our money and parked in the field.
It turned out that this was no ordinary event – it was the International Grand Finals.
While Karen was nosing at Princess Ann (we wondered who was in the helicopter?) I searched around for the burial chamber – it’s all a matter of importance of course!

There it was; near the toilets, hidden from general view by a trade stall.
I wonder how many, if any, of the people attending this 3 day event will have any idea what they are walking past? Very few I suspect.
It was as I remembered it – still surrounded by nettles.

I did however have a better appreciation of the slight ‘mound’ the chamber sits on.
It is approx 10m long x 5m wide – no doubt the remains of the covering material?
The capstone is about 3m long x 1.5m wide x 1m thick.
There are also 3 large stones and many smaller ones near / under the capstone.

This tomb is in a reasonably prominent position in the undulating farm land.
With Tinkinswood and St Lythams Burial Chambers not too far away this has obviously always been a good farming area.

Worth a visit but normally you will need to ask permission at the farm first.
Posted by CARL
13th September 2012ce

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