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Samson, North Hill[782 x 500 JPG]
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|Description ||Revealed at low tide, prehistoric field walls that extend down from North and South Hills on to Samson Flats. This entire area was a fertile plain in the Bronze Age and the distant islands were barrow topped hills on the island that was still one in Roman times when they called it Insula Sillina (Island of Scilly). Can that central linear feature be a road or causeway? Look at the buildings in the extreme bottom right corner. Round houses, huts, walls and graves are covered by seaweed. Is this Lyonesse? Did memories of the submergence of places like this Atlantic island give rise to the legend of Atlantis?|
|Samson the empty island always had great power in my mind.....but what was its story? obviously volcanic in structure, why was it uninhabited ? why had its people left and never returned?|
|Hi Ruan, Samson was settled by two main families and it was always pretty difficult to live there. One day in the 19th century, all the men of the island rowed out to rescue the sailors from a big ship that was wrecked way out near the Bishop Rock. The seas were heavy and the row boat ( a pilot's gig) was lost with all hands. With no men, the islanders could not manage. The owner of the Scillies, Augustus Smith, could have brought more men in, but he resettled the women and children elsewhere and put deer on Samson. The deer kept escaping so he built a big walled enclosure. That didn't work either and the deer all swam back to Tresco. The cottages and deer park wall remain with the ghosts of the past.|
|I have been to the Scillies many times and have stayed in various places on Tresco, but never realised the magnificant history behind these islands.
Only on a rough night, staring out into the pitch black, with the seas roaring, and the lighthouse trying to flicker some light can you imagine the terrific amounts of sailors who have lost their lives to the rocks around the Scillies....
Kind regards Joe|
|Hi Joe - thanks for your comment. Hope to meet you one day in Scilly - the best place in the world!|
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