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Ivinghoe Beacon

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Visited 8th April 2004: I've been visiting Ivinghoe Beacon since I was a kid, but back then I had no idea there was a hillfort here. I've got so many memories of the place, it's hard to filter out the sentimentality and describe the 'site'.

OK, there's not much left of the ramparts but you get a good sense of the defensive position when you stand at the top looking out of the relatively flat surrounding countryside. The southern and eastern sides of the fort are the weakest defensively, and this is where the ramparts can best be seen.

This a simple, early hillfort, and it has a distinctly primeval feel to it. There are usually people up on the summit of Beacon Hill, flying remote controlled gliders or walking, but if you get it to yourself there's a feeling of splendid isolation. Not bad in such an overpopulated part of the UK!
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th August 2004ce
Edited 9th April 2007ce

Ivinghoe Beacon is a late Bronze Age - early Iron Age hill fort which has been settled since the 7th-8th century BC. There are numerous barrows around the site.

One in particular is quite impressive as it is rather large and there appears to be a raised causeway linking it and the top of the beacon.

This is a good place to watch the sunrise on the Summer Solstice, as the sun aligns itself with the above barrow.

Parking is good and it is well maintained.
Posted by GuttBucket
17th January 2002ce
Edited 9th April 2007ce

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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
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The hand axe in the photos above is actually a cast taken from a mould originally made in the mid-seventies for Luton museum who hold (but don't currently display) the actual axe.

It is a beautiful thing but most wonderful is the way it fits perfectly into your hand with places for each finger.
A truly aesthetic pleasure.
nix Posted by nix
27th March 2013ce

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Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon)</b>Posted by ginger tt ginger tt Posted by ginger tt
17th January 2012ce

Round Barrow (within Beacon Hill Hillfort) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Round Barrow (within Beacon Hill Hillfort)</b>Posted by ginger tt ginger tt Posted by ginger tt
17th January 2012ce

Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon)</b>Posted by little stone goddess<b>Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon)</b>Posted by little stone goddess Posted by little stone goddess
19th October 2004ce

Bowl Barrow (East of Beacon) (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 8th April 2004: This barrow is very subtle. We missed it entirely on our walk to Gallows Hill, only spotting it on the way back. It's very tricky to photograph as well.

All that's left of the barrow is a very flat donut shape, just beyond the fence as you walk east from Beacon Hill.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th August 2004ce

Round Barrow (within Beacon Hill Hillfort) (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 8th April 2004: This is one of those barrows that nobody notices even though it's quite large. Planted on top of Beacon Hill, within the defenses of the hillfort, I think it's thought of as just the summit of the hill.

A footpath runs over the top of it, and there's quite a bit of soil erosion going on. It looks like this must have once been a rather large barrow. It goes without saying that the views here are great.

According to English Heritage, geophysics have uncovered possible evidence for a further two round barrows within the interior of the hillfort.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th August 2004ce

Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon) (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 8th April 2004: These two bowl barrows are the closest to the National Trust car park, and if you're walking to Beacon Hill you pass very close to them.

The larger of the two barrows is very prominent from the surrounding countryside. It's easy to spot and relatively easy to get to, up a steep slope. There are excellent views from the top of the larger barrow.

The smaller barrow lies to the east of the large one, and is much trickier to find. It is a lot smaller and shorter. We visited during the early Spring, but I'd imagine this barrow would be more tricky to find during the summer. Not very spectacular, so if you can't find it, don't loose any sleep about it.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th August 2004ce

Bowl Barrow (East of Beacon) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Bowl Barrow (East of Beacon)</b>Posted by Kammer Kammer Posted by Kammer
19th August 2004ce

Round Barrow (within Beacon Hill Hillfort) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Round Barrow (within Beacon Hill Hillfort)</b>Posted by Kammer Kammer Posted by Kammer
19th August 2004ce

Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon) (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

<b>Bowl Barrows (South of Beacon)</b>Posted by Kammer Kammer Posted by Kammer
19th August 2004ce
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