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Ogbourne St Andrew Barrow

Round Barrow(s)


The round barrow in Ogbourne St Andrew churchyard was said to be avoided by children (in 1938*) as there was "a well-authenticated legend that it is the abode of venomous vipers". Perhaps it had a resident snake population - or could the idea possibly relate to serpents and dragons being symbolic to Christians of the devil?
(*from the North Wilts Herald of Aug 19, 1938, and mentioned in volume 50 of the Wilts Arch journal.)

Some might also take significance from the statement that the church (or the barrow itself?) is said to be one of the 'nodes' on the Michael/Mary ley line (the undulating ley line being likened to a serpent y'know) - see Miller and Broadhurst's account of following it across the country, 'The Sun and the Serpent'. The lines..
..converged again in the churchyard at Ogbourne St Andrew.. There, a prehistoric mound was, along with the church, located within a circular raised bank. In the middle of the mound was [a] node. Trees swayed and tall wildflowers whispered gently in the breeze in another of those secret magical places that understate their true significance. Mary ran directly along the axis of the church into the mound and disappeared off across the Marlborough Downs..

Near the church is Poughcombe Farm - which presumably (this is purely my own speculation I hasten to add) derives from 'Puck Combe' - more links with supernatural weirdness..
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th April 2003ce
Edited 11th August 2014ce

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