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Alveston Down

Round Barrow(s)

<b>Alveston Down</b>Posted by IkeImage © Ike
Also known as:
  • Vattingstone Lane

Nearest Town:Chepstow (11km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   ST626883 / Sheets: 162, 172
Latitude:51° 35' 30.41" N
Longitude:   2° 32' 23.8" W

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<b>Alveston Down</b>Posted by Ike <b>Alveston Down</b>Posted by Ike

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Visited 14.8.10.
Nice and easy this one. Park opposite Marlwood School and look for the field gate opposite Quarry Road. From the field gate the Barrow is easily seen. The field had recently been ploughed and as it was raining I didn't fancy getting covered in mud and therefore viewed from the gate. The Barrow was covered in long grass so stood out well against the ploughed brown soil.
Posted by CARL
16th August 2010ce

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This link at South Glos. Council takes you to a leaflet describing a walk round Alveston. It briefly mentions the barrow and suggests that the name derives from 'Alwihs Stone', perhaps a (prehistoric) megalithic stone. Then again, their are historical documents that have another Alveston in Warwickshire once being 'Eanulfeston' (Eanwulf's stone). I think I prefer the (surely not completely stupid) suggestion of 'Elf's stone'. But Alaric Hall's essay (appendix 2) puts paid to that, unfortunately.
http://www.alarichall.org.uk/ahphdful.pdf

The fact that the barrow is next to Vattingstone Lane - doesn't that point to a stone as well? It's all very mysterious.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th April 2008ce
Edited 17th April 2008ce