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Fiddler's Hill

Round Barrow(s)

<b>Fiddler's Hill</b>Posted by AcheronImage © Acheron
Nearest Town:Wells-Next-The-Sea (5km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   TF961410 / Sheet: 132
Latitude:52° 55' 48.49" N
Longitude:   0° 55' 4.7" E

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<b>Fiddler's Hill</b>Posted by Acheron


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Not the most spectacular Norfolk barrow, but worth seeing if you're visiting the nearby Warham Camp.
There is room for one vehicle to park at the entrance of the site.
The barrow was damaged on the north side in 1933 during road building, which revealed three human burials and a dog.
Acheron Posted by Acheron
19th July 2014ce


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Fiddler's Hill comes complete with picnic site, you lucky people.
It was thought that there was an underground tunnel connecting Binham Priory with the one at Walsingham. One day a fiddler decided to check the tunnel out to see if it was true. He took his dog with him for company. As he set off he started playing his fiddle, and the people of Binham followed the sound above ground. After a while the music suddenly stopped. This coincided with them reaching the mound now known as Fiddler's Hill. The fiddler was never seen again (although his dog finally made it back to the entrance shivering and whining). The entrance to the tunnel mysteriously fell in.

The associated story sounds to me suspiciously like ones from other parts of the country - for instance the one used for William Mayne's 'Earthfasts' with a drummer boy replacing the fiddler.
The veracity of [this incident] is, however, proof against the valiant deeds of bygone generations, becauase "Jimmy Griggs" and his canine friend "Trap" were characters well known to the great-grandfathers of many of the unimpeachable inhabitants of Binham.
From 'History of the Borough of King's Lynn, volume 1' by Henry J Hillen (1907).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd May 2002ce
Edited 18th March 2010ce