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Borough Hill



In Northamptonshire the plant [dwarf elder] is known also as Dane-weed, and Defoe in his 'Tour through Great Britain' speaks of his going a little out of the road from Daventry to see a great camp called Barrow Hill, and adds :—

"They say this was a Danish camp, and everything hereabout is attributed to the Danes, because of the neighbouring Daventry, which they suppose to be built by them. The road hereabouts, too, being overgrown with Dane-weed, they fancy it sprang from the blood of Danes slain in battle; and that, if upon a certain day in the year you cut it, it bleeds."—Vol. ii. p. 362.
Notes and Queries January 7th, 1911.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd September 2006ce

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