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| Willy Howe |
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|Description ||Part of the 'Great Yorkshire Barrows' group. To say that these have been called by some, 'the ancestors' of the mighty Silbury Hill in
Wiltshire, you'd think a little more would be made of them!
Reckoned to be as old as Duggleby Howe, and a similar size: seven and a half meters high and thirty six and a half meters in diameter.
Attempts at finding its secrets in 1857 and again thirty years later yielded nothing. A pit about nine feet deep was discovered but was bereft of objects or human remains.|
|history man |
|the legend of willy howe, back in the 15th century a canon from the augustinian monastery at bridlington was returning on horseback after visiting kirkham abbey , the day drew dark and he stopped at the howe for a rest ,when he heard music coming from the howe on ivestigation ,he saw a group of faries - goblins drinking and dancing inside the howe, he was overcome with the bright light , music and chanting . he felt himself been drawn down, down and down inside the howe . a very beautiful creature offered him her arm and gave him a drink from a golden horn . he was just about to drink has he was parched, when he heard his mount whinny in alarm . turning around he saw the faries-goblins where trying to capture his horse . still holding the golden horn he returned to the surface and beat off the attackers . he mounted his horse having recovered his senses but they poured out of the howe in pursuit, somehow he managed to jump over a stream still holding the horn . the faries-goblins couldnt cross over running water so he esaped. today the horn is in york minster, the stream is still there [ the gypsey race ] and there is written avidence that a canno at bridlington was called brother john willy [ or wylie] hence the howe is named after him as willy howe !|
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