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Scutchamer Knob

Artificial Mound


There is a remarkable tradition amongst the peasantry, who state that this fosse*, from one end to the other, was dug by the Devil in a single night, and that retiring to the summit of the downs he there scraped his spade, the mould from which formed the well-known barrow, Cuckhamsley Hill! Others narrate that it is a furrow made by the Devil, who traversed these downs with his plough!
*ie the Devil's Dyke or Grim's Ditch.

From 'The history and antiquities of the hundred of Compton, Berks' by John Snare, 1844.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th July 2010ce
Edited 14th July 2010ce

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