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Hunter's Burgh

Long Barrow


Once upon a time two giants lived in this area: one on Windover Hill and the other on Firle Beacon. They didn't get on and one day their quarrelling got out of hand. They started throwing huge great rocks at each other - the Windover giant caught one right on his head and fell to the ground, dead. You can see the marks where they hurled the rocks to this day (some boring people will say they're actually flint mines though). As the giant lay there people drew round him to produce a lasting memorial to him(that's what the Long Man really is), and then he was hauled up the hill and buried in Hunter's Burgh longbarrow. {or is it in the one on Firle beacon?}

(theme in Jennifer Westwood's 'Albion'. She also includes the following local rhyme, which predicts the weather in Alciston:)

When Firle Hill and Long Man has a cap
We a A'ston gets a drap
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd April 2004ce
Edited 22nd April 2004ce

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