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Wayland's Smithy

Long Barrow


'About 1810 the ground covering and surrounding the stones was planted with fir trees and beeches, forming a circular plantation called here a folly, hence Wayland's Folly, a name that did not stick. The planting was after the site had been cleared at the direction of Lord Craven who owned the site, the monument being made considerably more conspicuous . . . In 1859 the firs having died were cut down, leaving the exterior ring of beeches. In 1861 it was referred to as in a very neglected state, covered with elder bushes, briars and nettles and when A L Lewis visited it in 1868 he referred to it as within a plantation the denseness of which made it difficult to trace the surrounding layout of stones.'

Clive Alfred Spinage
Myths and Mysteries of Wayland Smith
wysefool Posted by wysefool
13th May 2007ce

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Sorry... not a poet! I should have kept reading [see earlier comment]. Posted by JOBCORK
16th March 2011ce
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