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Ashdown Park Sarsens

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Ashdown Park Sarsens (Natural Rock Feature) by Chance The sarsen stones at Ashdown from a drawing by A.L. Lewis - 1853
Chance Image Credit: A.L. Lewis
Posted by Chance
21st July 2010ce
Edited 21st July 2010ce
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Comments (6)

Hi Chance,

That plan makes the site reminiscent of Carnac, regarding the apparent alignment of the stones. Also, the lines of the Earl Craven's Park Wall, and the Road From Ashbury are similar to the shape of a lot of the cursus monuments. Not saying it is a cursus or owt, but sometimes roads and walls follow older lines. Also, there are examples of cursus that have stones and long mounds inside.

Just a thought,
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
25th August 2010ce
Old drawings are always fascinating but I think this one is misleading in its neatness; Ashdown is a sarsen drift valley much like the Fyfield sarsen drift.

tjj Posted by tjj
25th August 2010ce
Artistic license, eh? Thought it looked too good to be true. The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
25th August 2010ce

I would not be swayed too much by TJJ's "neatness" remark. The Ashdown sarsen drift was originally a natural feature, but has been altered since the Neolithic period when Lambourn and Wayland's Smithy Long Barrows where first constructed from its stones.
The road almost certainly dates from this period when the stones were first moved up to the Ridgeway and South to Lambourn.
The survey made by A.L. Lewis in 1853 is from the exact time period that the Fyfield sarsens were first being commercially broken up by industrial means. This was about ten years after the Great Western Railway had been completed and stone was being carted off to Swindon for buildings and roads. I'm not certain about the timeline but parts of Lord Craven's estate were broken up around this time, although Ashdown house stayed in the family and additional out buildings were added, only to be demolished by the NT when they took over the estate in 1956.
The field nearest the road is known as sarsen field and although the number of stones is reduced from the sketch, the Google earth image shows how accurate Lewis's survey was. The area between the Park Pale and the house seems to be far more reduced in stones but the trees tend to hide the full detail.

Chance Posted by Chance
26th August 2010ce
Chance, your comment is addressed to TE but as it referrs to something I wrote I hope you don't mind me coming back on it. Firstly, no disparagement was intended by my use of the word 'neatness', I was simply drawing on my observation that Ashdown is a sarsen drift rather than a Carnac like site. I re-read your first paragraph a couple of times and understand you are saying the road may have originally been neolithic, similar to the Ridgeway, and used to transport stones to nearby barrows. I will take a walk over that way in the not too distant future and have another look in the light of what you have said.

I hope that TE will come back and read your comment later ... as he was on the right track after all.


tjj Posted by tjj
26th August 2010ce
Thanks for the info. It looks an interesting place. As you say, I'll have to check Google Earth - forgot about that.

Ta for your two-penneth.

Regards to all,
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
26th August 2010ce
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