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Cleeve Hill Tumulus

Round Barrow(s)


Legend of the Cleeve Hill Stone. ---Between Marl Cleeve and Offenham, on the left bank of the Avon, is a long, and almost straight ridge, which slopes down abruptly to the river and its meadows. Along its brow runs an old (reputedly Roman) road; and where this is crossed by a way leading from the village of Prior's Cleeve to Cleeve Mill, is a prehistoric barrow, upon which is a heavy mass of stone, evidently the base of a fourteenth century wayside cross. The presence of this stone is accounted for by a legend.

Once upon a time, the Devil perched on Meon Hill (in Quinton, Co. Gloucester), and looking towards Evesham, was annoyed by the sight of its Abbey, then in great prosperity. There being a big stone at hand, he kicked it at the Abbey with malicious intention; but Evesham bells beginning to ring, it swerved to the right, and fell where it now lies.
Gloucestershire Legends
F. S. Potter
Folklore, Vol. 25, No. 3. (Sep. 30, 1914), pp. 374-375.

It's marked as a 'tumulus' on the map but is not on 'Magic' as a scheduled monument.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st October 2003ce
Edited 5th October 2006ce

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