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Little Abbey Camp



According to George Witts in c1882, "There is a local tradition that 'in the time of the wars' blood ran down Abbey Lane like water, and many people are still afraid to go down the lane at night! "

"The views from this position are very extensive, including the river Severn for many miles, Stinchcomb Hill, Haresfield Beacon, Bredon Hill, the Malvern Hills, May Hill, Dean Forest, Lydney, Chepstow, &c. The ancient Ridge way runs through the centre of the camp. "

As for its name:
[It] is in a piece of ground called the Abby, as Sir Robert Atkyns thinks from an old house near it which formerly belonged to an Abby. It is about a mile from Alveston, and near the eleven mile stone in the road from Bristol to Gloucester. Its dimensions are about two hundred and forty yards from east to west, and about three hundred and forty from north to south. It is much mutilated by the plough and other things. It may be seen from Oldbury, Old Sodbury, and Westridge. Most probably also from Dyrham, Horton and Drakestone.
From 'An Account of a Chain of ancient Fortresses' by Thomas Baker - In Archaeologia 19 (Jan 1821).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
25th February 2006ce
Edited 21st April 2009ce

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