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Hasting Hill Cursus — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Hasting Hill Cursus</b>Posted by ChroniX<b>Hasting Hill Cursus</b>Posted by ChroniX Posted by ChroniX
11th August 2009ce

Heavy Gate (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

This barrow is close to the village of Chopwell, and there's also Chopwell Wood (the well chopped timber from which has been used in illustrious projects like Dunstanburgh Castle, the Tyne Bridge, and various warships. It's now managed by the Forestry Commission). Tony Henderson's article here explains that the name could come from 'Ceoppa Well' meaning a cattle watering place, or a local Saxon chief called Ceoppa.

He goes on to suggest that "legend has it he was buried in 685 at what is now Heavy Gate Farm, the site of a burial mound and well".

What a very specific date... sounds suspiciously like one of those Victorian Gentleman Speculations rather than local lore. But it makes a good story, and you get the well thrown into the local name for free.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th February 2009ce

Copt Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

This might not be the right site. If it's not the right site, then I think it must have been pretty close by (there are pits everywhere and perhaps it got swallowed up).
"In a field," says Surtees, "on the right-hand side of the road from Eppleton to Hetton, and only one field from Houghton-lane, is a remarkable tumulus, consisting entirely of field-stones gathered together. At the top there is a small oblong hollow, called the Fairies' Cradle: on this little green mound, which has always been sacred from the plough, village-superstition believes the fairies to have led their moonlight circles, and whistled their roundelays to the wind.
The subterraneous palaces of the fairy sovereign are frequently supposed, both in England and Scotland, to exist under these regular green hillocks:

'Up spoke the moody fairy king,
Who wons beneath the hill;
Like wind in the porch of a ruin'd church,
His voice was loud and shrill.'

But the Hetton fairies, of whom, however, there is no living evidence, spoke in a voice remarkably small and exile."
Quoted on p369 of 'An Historical, Topographical, and Descriptive View of the County Palatine of Durham' (1834).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th February 2008ce

Dewley Hill Round Barrow (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

This mound features in Camden's Brittania as 'Dewley Lowe', where it is mentioned in association with the nearby Heddon Law burial mound:
There is yet remaining one very great heap of stones, besides other tumuli, and a remarkable one farther to the east called Dewley Lowe, with a smaller one near it.
The reference to another mound is particularly interesting.
Hob Posted by Hob
21st July 2007ce

Heavy Gate (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

The county SMR describes this as:
"A tree-covered round barrow of earth and stones, 22.45 m in diam, 2.21 m high with what appears to be a surrounding ditch 0.20 m deep and bank, 1.10 m max. width and 0.20 m high"
A quick look at some satellite images shows that it's not tree covered, and that the bank and ditch are just visible.
Hob Posted by Hob
18th June 2007ce

Old Hartley (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Old Hartley</b>Posted by Hob<b>Old Hartley</b>Posted by Hob<b>Old Hartley</b>Posted by CianMcLiam<b>Old Hartley</b>Posted by CianMcLiam CianMcLiam Posted by CianMcLiam
1st December 2005ce
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