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Flowerdown Barrows

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Visited 23.11.12

A weekend away in Winchester and a chance to knock another couple of E.H. sites off the list.

First ‘port of call’ is this lovely little Barrow Cemetery.
As is often the case with these smaller sites, there are no E.H. signs to help show the way for the unsuspecting traveller – luckily I have my trusty O/S map!

Actually, the site is easy enough to find being near the crossroads in the centre of the field. The closest we could find to park was in Chestnut Avenue (private road!) a two minute walk away.

There is an E.H. information board (even if the details are incorrect) which has a section in Braille which is a nice touch (excuse the pun)

Despite the wet grass it was a lovely blue sky day and as expected, I had the site to myself with just the sound of birdsong for company.

As you go through the gate the large sarsen stone is on your left and a large tree trunk on your right. It feels a bit like going through an ‘entrance’ into the cemetery - although obviously it isn’t really! The sarsen stone is nice and smooth, with white and green lichen growing on its northern side. The tree has been cut right back and is now not much more than a large trunk.

The Bowl Barrow has clearly been dug into and is about 1m high x 15m across

The Disc Barrow is superb – easily the best I have ever seen.
It is about 40m across and the bank is surviving to a height of about 1m.

This is an excellent place to visit and I would highly recommend it when in the area.

My mum passed away two weeks ago after a long battle against cancer which saw her slowly waste away in front of our eyes. My sisters and I cared for her at home for most of the year and myself and Dafydd were with her when she died. I know she would have liked to have known Dafydd was in the room as he has always been the ‘chosen one’ who could do no wrong! Dafydd knows his Nan is now a star who will watch over him and keep him safe. (I am having difficulty writing this but I think it is therapeutic?)

The funeral was yesterday and this trip away was planned/booked several months ago. I do not know if the timing has turned out to be a good or bad thing.
It certainly does make you think much more about the ‘rituals’ which would have taken place when loved ones were laid to rest.

This fieldnote is dedicated to my mum who although never seeing the attraction in ‘old stones’ always encouraged me to get out and ‘see the world’.
R.I.P. mam.
Posted by CARL
26th November 2012ce
Edited 26th November 2012ce

Comments (7)

Nice one Carl. Sorry for your loss and hope the ancient vibe helped you say what you needed to say.

For what it's worth..... although I'm not religious - at least not in the 'organised' sense - I do reckon that every atom of everything that's ever lived on this planet remains on this planet to be reused by Nature in some form or another... (I found recently that Neil Oliver goes with more or less the same thing). This suggests to me that no-one is ever truly 'gone', but rather adds to the rich tapestry of this world we inhabit. Perhaps you could say the Earth leases its elements to us for a given period before reclaiming and rearranging them into something else. Guess this concept is what underlies whatever sense of 'spirituality' I may possess.
26th November 2012ce
Yeah, lovely notes Carl, [i've been to the place and i liked it a lot, the disc barrow is almost henge like], i'm very sorry about your mum but keep your chin up, and like Gladman say's look for her in nature and you might be nicely surprised, my atoms keep going back together and making me almost the bloody same [reincarnation]. bladup Posted by bladup
26th November 2012ce
Sorry to hear that Carl. Likewise, I hope your journeys out in strange and wild places help you keep on keeping on. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th November 2012ce
Very sorry to hear about your Mum Carl. My mother died last year the night before I was due to take a short trip to Northumbria. My brother and sister told me to go and I did, though feeling numb. My long awaited visit to Lindisfarne seemed all the more fitting.

Kindest regards to you and your family.
tjj Posted by tjj
26th November 2012ce
Very sad news Carl, you had been missed around here the last few weeks. There's no easy cure for these things, but I have to agree with the others that very often the trips out provide comfort and space to reflect (and from a personal perspective, a great sense of urgency).

All the very best.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
26th November 2012ce
Thank you all for your kind words. Posted by CARL
27th November 2012ce
Such sad news Carl, I can only echo Gladman's words 'that each and everyone adds to the rich tapestry of the world', and that of course we carry those nearest to us in our hearts. Best wishes to all your family.
moss Posted by moss
27th November 2012ce
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