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Fenny Drayton (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

This misc post may not be TMA P.C. but.. this may be the closest barrow to the center of England and also the closest to Boudica's last battle now thats got to be worth a mention:
The geographical centre of England (as calculated by the Ordnance Survey) is situated in the parish of Higham-on-the-Hill near to the village of Fenny Drayton. People lived in the area of Higham before 1000 BC and have left behind Neolithic flint implements. Bronze Age burial mounds have also been found.
Anyone like Romans? Well...
He chose a position approached by a narrow defile and secured in the rear by a forest, first satisfying himself that there was no trace of an enemy except in his front, and that the plain there was devoid of cover and allowed no suspicion of an ambuscade.
(Tacitus Annals XIV.xxxiv)
The place so described by Tacitus has been convincingly identified with Mancetter in Graham Websters superb book Boudica. The 'narrow defile' may have been one of several tributary valleys of the Anker, particularly the one near White Hall Farm north of Hartshill (NGR: SP322952), the forest protecting Paulinus' rear has now been reduced to a few patchy woods on the high ground to the south-west of the river, including Monks Park Wood, Bentley Park Wood and Hartshill Hayes Country Park. The plain on which the British host were to assemble may have been the farmland between Atterton, Witherley and Fenny Drayton, covering an area of around five square kilometers.
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