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Long Barrow


"Proceeding from the circle at Coldrum, towards the east, we observed single stones, of the same kind and of the same colossal magnitude, scattered over the fields for some distance; and it is the tradition of the peasantry that a continuous line of such stones ran from Coldrum direct along the valley to the hill of Kit's Coty House, a distance of between 5-6 miles"

The author accompanied by Mr Larking then set off to trace the route of the stones "For a large portion of the journey".

"I was informed that the stones had even be found in the bottom of the river, where there seems to be an ancient ford. It must be remarked that these stones, or boulders, belong to the geological formation of this area, and many of them may have attained their present position by natural causes. But from a tolerably careful examination, we were led to believe that there once existed an avenue of stones connecting the cemetery of Kit's Coty House to the parish of Addlington – together they seem to have formed a grand necropolis for the Belgian settlers in this part of the island".

Extracts from "Wanderings of an Antiquary" by Thomas Wright 1777.
stubob Posted by stubob
29th March 2005ce

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