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Out of control hunt damages hill fort and long barrow

The National Trust has written to the Portman Hunt amid claims its horses and hounds damaged Hambledon Hill, one of the finest examples of an iron age hill fort in Dorset. It is claimed the hunt left the recognised bridleway and came across the hill during a half term hunt last month.

National Trust volunteer Jerry Broadway, who believes this is the second time the hunt has damaged the hill fort, added: "After leaving the bridleway the hunt scattered livestock which were panicked by the hounds who were completely out of control.

"On this occasion extensive damage was done by the horses to the hill generally, and most worryingly the Neolithic Longbarrow which is over 3,000 years old. They have now twice been guilty of blatant and wilful damage to a scheduled ancient monument. What, I wonder will it take to make them actually take real notice?"

Meanwhile, National Trust West & North Dorset general manager Helen Mann confirmed complaints had been received that a hunt crossed Hambledon Hill. She said: "It appears that the hunt, while crossing the hill on a bridleway, left the track to round up some dogs which had got out of control.

"Hambledon Hill is a remarkable and important site for both wildlife and archaeology and we have written to the hunt to remind them that they must stay on the bridleway when crossing the hill. Any horses being ridden off the bridleway risk damage and erosion to the fragile Iron Age ramparts which give the hill its distinctive appearance."

Hambledon Hill was acquired by the National Trust last year. Built over 2,000 years ago, the massive earthwork defences lay over one of the most significant early Neolithic landscapes in Western Europe, dating back almost 6,000 years, and is a place half of British butterfly species call home.

The Portman Hunt was unavailable for comment.
tjj Posted by tjj
12th November 2015ce
Edited 12th November 2015ce

Comments (8)

Privileged savages. Revolting ignoramuses. Posted by carol27
12th November 2015ce
So is the National Trust going to the police to sort out these worthless morons? Or would that merely be a waste of time? If the latter is indeed a rhetorical question can I ask what is the National Trust for?

12th November 2015ce
No they've " written to the hunt to remind them" , again. I'm sure they're shitting themselves. Posted by carol27
12th November 2015ce
For me, the worst thing about the, er, homo sapiens that take part in hunts is that they are so revolting they can make you forget your humanity for a moment? For example I read recently that one of them had fallen and died whilst on a hunt... and my instinctive thought was 'Hope the horse was OK'. Serious point... does that reflect badly on me? Since it's more complicated than that. Perhaps she was a mother leaving behind a blameless, innocent child?

The argument that hunting controls vermin is, in my opinion utter bollocks. I've spoken to enough farmers who've had their crops trampled- but can't say anything because the local (and hence corrupt?) Chief Super is a hunt member - to know that is self evident. Ditto that if competent farmers have trouble with a fox they deal with it themselves. And rightly so. So why do these horse riding cretains do it? Is it a power trip, a pathetic attempt to delude themselves they are relevant by reliving a fantasy when mounted knights ruled the world. Before the crossbow, let alone machine guns, rendered them utterly obsolete. Even though they know the days of uneducated peasants doffing their caps is long gone. We are not gonna back down any more.

Isn't the primary definition of a moron that of an individual who can not learn from past mistakes... and continues to replicate them?
14th November 2015ce
Well said; "Isn't the primary definition of a moron that of an individual who can not learn from past mistakes... and continues to replicate them?"

Basically we are just different tribes, the 'hunt tribe' dress up, emulating the bright colours of our state soldiers, look down with disdain at the lower classes on foot (always troublesome). I thought that the Hunting Act* of 2004 forbade hunting with dogs, trailing of an artifical substance for dogs does not count though, so what were they doing up on Hambledon Hill? The vote was carried in the National Trust AGAINST hunting of stags, 40,000 odd thousand against 23,000 for, or thereabouts. Perhaps it is up to the NT to forbid any form of hunting on its land.....

*"Is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which bans the hunting of wild mammals (notably foxes, deer, hares and mink) with dogs in England and Wales; the Act does not cover the use of dogs in the process of flushing out an unidentified wild mammal"

Unidentified wild mammals are probably the panthers that roam over the Cornish moors!....
moss Posted by moss
14th November 2015ce
My local farmer says it's " drag " hunting. They're allowed to chase the fox, but not kill it!
I've just witnessed a bunch of "men", dressed up in beribboned socks, knickerbockers & tweed jackets shoot pheasant out of the sky. It's a sport apparently. The pheasants are reared & grouped & then frightened into flight. The men's dogs then gather them up. They dont even take them home to eat. These people belong to a completely different world & are extremely wealthy. The idiot minions load their guns & rear their pheasants whilst being sneered at.
Posted by carol27
14th November 2015ce
Re the NT banning hunting, unfortunately I dont think it would have stopped this as the hunt apparently only left the bridlepath to "round up some dogs" (yeah I know)
juamei Posted by juamei
19th November 2015ce
Depends where the shoot is and what sort of estate, but these days many of the shooters are just "well-heeled" youngish types who have got the spare cash to dish out on a day's "fun". So, apart from other general considerations, many of them won't be very good shots.'s only a few half-dead pheasants/ partridge.
I saw a really shocking thing (even to me) some time ago.........a 4some of tweeds standing by a 4-wheel drive sporting shotguns. The vehicle grille had EIGHT hares hanging from it.
Posted by tomatoman
19th November 2015ce
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