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Kingley Vale

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


These two round barrows are known as the Devil's Humps or the Kings' Graves.
Along with two bell barrows and two pond barrows to the south west, they form part of a linear round barrow cemetery which is partly enclosed by (contemporary)earthworks around the three limbs of the Y-shaped hill.

Local legend has it that these Bronze age graves actually contain the Viking chieftains killed in a battle with the Saxons. The yews round about mark the graves of other warriors. Their ghosts are said to haunt the area.

Alternatively, if you prefer the Devil hypothesis, you can arrange to meet him by running around the barrows 'six or seven times'.

(info from MAGIC and J+C Bord's Atlas of Magical Britain).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th October 2003ce

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