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|Description ||Walking to the Winterbourne Steepleton chamber down a valley, the Big Wood barrows become visible. There are at least 8, but only 2 are in this picture. There is no public access, so a distant shot is necessary.|
|I was most impressed by the imaginative naming of the wood. While I'm on the subject: what's the etymology of the word "barrow"? There seem to be a lot of hills called Somethingbarrow, and does it have anything to do with the wheeled type of barrow?|
|The Anglo-Saxon word "bearu" can mean a hill or a grove. That double meaning suggests a religious hill ie a burial mound. A "beorg" is also a hill or mound and so is "berg" in Norse. Wheelbarrows were known as "wilbarewes" and came to England with the Crusaders in 1170 - nicknamed the "wooden ox". Here "barrow" derives from Old English "barewe" - to bear ie to carry a load. Not a lot of people know that - what a lot of totally useless rubbish is slopping around in my head!|
|Thorgrim, to me that was completely fascinating! I did have to grin at "barewe" at first. I was thinking of naked sheep!|
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