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Thornborough and the Devil's Jumpstone

We've not been too active for the past couple of weeks, being too busy planning the trip to Ireland which starts very soon now!

We took a gentle drive out to Buckingham today, via Watford and Aylesbury, to take a look at the Thornborough Mounds, which I'd missed on a previous trip out this way.


Driving out through Wendover (where we stopped for a bite of lunch) to Aylesbury and up to Winslow brought back memories, as I worked in Aylesbury for a few years and got to know the surrounding villages (and their pubs!) reasonably well. We took a slight diversion from the main route so I could show Mikki the Stepford that is Watermead...

I was disappointed to read on the Thornborough information board (see photo) that the burial mounds have been dated to only 200AD and are R*m*n in origin - surely much too recent to merit inclusion here? Never mind, they were quite impressive as they stand now.

We decided that we had time to take the long way home, so I took another stab at finding the Devil's Jump Stone in Marston Mortaine over toward Bedford.

This time, I headed toward the church, but still had no luck in locating the stone. I did ask an elderly couple if they knew of the stone. They had heard of it, but had never seen it themselves. I think it will need a winter visit when the foliage has died back in order to finally nail this one.

The heat and humidity finally got to us - it was very humid today - so we headed south on the M1 for home. The day was not to be over though, as traffic conspired against us all the way, to make a very tiring journey home in the heat.
ocifant Posted by ocifant
23rd June 2003ce
Edited 2nd August 2004ce

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