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The Rainbarrows

Round Barrow(s)


I have just walked this site again and have spotted what appears to be an unlisted pond barrow. I'm aware that these are notoriously difficult to tell from sink holes and the like, but this appears to have a well defined bank surrounding the parts of it which are not near the footpath, which runs very close to it. It is only several hundred yards from the Rainbarrows themselves . Photos to follow, you decide!
These barrows are much easier to see since much of the scrub has been cleared in order to reclaim the area as heathland. This is part of the Thomas Hardy heath project , which aims to re-create the heath of Hardy's youth , which became the fictional Egdon heath in his writings.
The name does not appear to have anything to do with rain but is an Anglicised version of Hraefn or Hraevn meaning raven in Anglo Saxon - see A.D.Mills - Place Names of Dorset.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
11th May 2007ce
Edited 31st January 2011ce

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