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|Description ||Wick Burial Chamber on a beautiful April day. |
Here is a description of them from Unbeaten Tracks of the West (by P.E. Barnes, 1931)
Between Upton Cheney and Wick, a mile distant from the latter village, in the middle of a pasture field off a by-road, stand two huge stones.
The ordnance map, accepting tradition, names them Druidical stones, and Druidical stones probably they are.
Their tops are lichen covered and the weather of centuries has smoothed their surface here and there, and stunted them and chiselled out notches and segments, and left them scarred monolithic veterans, isolated and deserted , sole survivors of a pagan temple.
And there is a tradition that somewhere near them lies buried a golden calf.
You hear and read a lot about the stones of Stanton Drew, in Somerset. You rarely hear mention of these of Wick, though, forsooth, they may be as old as Stanton Drew's , and relics of the same paganism.
| Great Stones,I had to dodge big dangerous beasts on my visit.|
| They seem to be the last relicts round here of upright stones, not too far from the river Boyd, and more interestingly, from the stone quarry, in the Wick Valley; red ochre was also mined in the 19th century, and you can still see it staining the paths red. This is a note I made some while back;|
taken from 1914 guide book;"In the exceptionally beautiful valley of the River Boyd, the rocks that line each side of a deep glen nearly a mile in length, rising in some places to 200 ft, a bright sparkly substance found on these rocks is locally known as Bristol diamonds".
You can see the sparkly substance in the little waterfall over the river, no wonder there's a burial chamber here....
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