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Gamber Head

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:Hereford (12km N)
OS Ref (GB):   SO494296 / Sheet: 149
Latitude:51° 57' 43.51" N
Longitude:   2° 44' 11.47" W

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Unfortunately you probably won't find much remaining of the barrow that was here. But it was surely carefully placed here at the source of the river Gamber - the Licat Amr - the eye of the Amr.

Nennius wrote about the grave:
There is another wonder in the country called Ergyng. There is a tomb there by a spring, called Llygad Amr; the name of the man who was buried in the tomb was Amr. He was the son of the warrior Arthur, and he killed him there and buried him. Men come to measure the tomb, and it is sometimes six feet long, sometimes nine, sometimes twelve, sometimes fifteen. At whatever measure you measure it on one occasion, you never find it again of the same measure, and I have tried it myself.
(John Morris (ed. and trans.) Nennius: British History and The Welsh Annals (Arthurian Period Sources vol. 8, Phillimore 1980) p.42, marvel no. 13) at Thomas Green's Arthurian Literature site.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th April 2004ce
Edited 8th April 2004ce


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Gamber Head lies to the south of the village of Wormelow Tump, which is named for a mound that existed there until the mid-19th century, when it was destroyed.

This site give details of the possible connection of Wormelow Tump with the grave referred to in the Folkore post.

The map reference for the site would be nearer to SO495304, rather than at Gamber Head itself.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
14th January 2009ce