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Cley Hill



As the ancient parochial boundary between Warminster and Corsley passes over the larger hill, it has been for time out of mind customary for a great concourse of people to assemble here on Palm Sunday to defend the boundary, and prevent encroachments.

From 'The Beauties of England and Wales' volume 15, by John Britton and others (1814).

... "Cley" has nothing to do with the earth called clay because the hill is entirely of chalk. The name is a mere corruption of an old word, Cleg, which means hill.

Cley Hill had its revel. This was on Palm Sunday, and was probably a relic of the procession which on that day used to be made before the Reformation. It is said this gathering took place in order to keep up the boundaries of two parishes that cross the hill. The custom however led to riot and abuse and was discontinued.
Mentioned similarly in the Warminster and Westbury Journal, 12th August 1882.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd April 2011ce
Edited 5th February 2020ce

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