After a long walk through Dovedale, with the Peak living up to it's title of most visited National park in the world, it was extremely nice to run up the hill and spend a quality ten minutes on my own.
But even from up here I could hear the kids battling and getting on mums already tattered nerves down on the road, so it was quick as well as quality.
There is a footpath zigzagging up the hill from the road and parking for one car only. The barrow is still large and tall, though why they should build a tower on it when ten meters either side would have been as good. The tower has castle turret style steps inside, happily with a distinct lack of graffiti and beer cans, I could have stayed a while if not for the encroaching darkness and still screaming kids.
Great views across Buxton and surrounding hills less great views across the ubiquitous quarries. (Grrr)
The reason folk come up to Grin Low today is to admire the view from the victorian thing called Soloman's Temple.....a little stone tower built onto the round barrows top.....
Long range views over the White Peak and to another 17 Bronze Age barrows.
Allegedly there were earthworks around Grin Low but the old lime workings have made the hill a grassy looking lunar landscape....making it impossible to pick out anything older than the workings.
from the Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist - published 1899
The Grinlow Barrow
"A short mile south-west of Buxton is a hill of irregular shape, known as Grinlow. Upon its summit, which is 1,440 feet above the level of the sea, stands a conspicuous prospect tower, erected by public subscription about two years ago. You can ascend this tower by means of a winding stairway, and from the top you command an extensive stretch of rugged limestone scenery. Over the door is a tablet which records the particulars of its erection, also the fact that it occupies the site of an ancient barrow; and it further informs you where an account of this barrow may be found, namely, in the 'Proceedings of the society of Antiquaries of London, 2nd Series, vol XV., page 419' ."
So begins the text of the report. Rather than re-type in its entirety, here are some points which may be of interest:
1. The report was on four barrows in the area, Mr Micah Salt, of Buxton opened two of them and Prof. J P Sheldon of Sheen, Staffs opened the other two.
2. Until 1894, no one apparently had suspected the presence of a barrow beneath the structure.
3. Solomon's Temple was built one severe winter nearly seventy years ago to 'afford occupation to the unemployed of Buxton'
4. The construct of un-mortared rubble, succumbed to the wind and weather and became a heap of stones (which were then used as building material)
5. The dig began on April 25th 1984
6. The original construct was of a Cairn, and over time vegetation and earth had filled the rocks, so that it looked like an earthen barrow.
7. The primary internment was of 'a powerful man who died in middle life'. It lay on the right side, on a shelf of rock, with the head pointing to the east.
8. Two other secondary internment's were noted, one of a woman (buried with a cow's tooth and some pottery) and another male, with the urn (see image at this site).
It is interesting to note that the Spelling of Grinlow was all one word and now in modern references appears to be separated.