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Ivinghoe Beacon



Tradition says that some shepherds, on a part of the high ridge over Ivinghoe, on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, and at a distance of at least thirty miles in a direct line from Edge Hill, saw a twinkling light to the northward, and, upon communication with their minister, 'a godly and well-affected person,' fired the beacon there also, which was seen at Harrow on the Hill, and from thence at once carried on to London; and that thus the news was given along a line of more than sixty miles, by the assistance of only two intermediate fires.
p310 in 'Some Memorials of John Hampden, his party and his times' by Lord Nugent, v2 (1832).

The battle of Edgehill in 1682 was the first major battle of the Civil War.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th April 2007ce
Edited 9th April 2007ce

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