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West Compton Down

Burial Chamber


North of the Roman road, and on West Compton Down, but on a portion now brought under cultivation, are two stones, generally considered to show the site of an ancient cromlech. They were formerly prostrate, but are now placed upright. This was done, I am informed on good authority, about forty years ago; a farmer, it appears, wishing to rid himself of these hindrances to the plough, endeavoured so much difficulty that he finally desisted, and raised them on end instead. The stones are of no mean size, and are said to extend beneath the surface to a depth equal to their height above the ground. As they now stand, one is three feet four inches above the present surface, and the other four feet. The breadth, measured across from end to end in the case of each stone, is about six feet six inches, with a thickness of about one foot six inches.
Oh yes, good authority I'm sure. But you're still trotting out the same old themes of 'great difficulty moving them so he put them back' and 'same below as above ground'. And come on - why would the farmer go to so much trouble to put them upright?! I'm not buying it which is why this is firmly in the Folklore category. From E Dunkin's 'Some Account of the Megalithic Remains in South Dorset' in 'Reliquary' January 1871.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th May 2009ce
Edited 26th May 2009ce

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