One of our mounds is missing!…


Silbury Hill


The plan was to base our inaugural public ‘solstice’ event at Avebury and thus it seemed natural to book a room at the Public House which is situated in the centre of the Stone Circle…
Only, The Red Lion no longer provides B&B so we ended up instead at a hotel some ten miles away in Ogbourne St George.
Now, Ogbourne St George is a curious name and one redolent of both mystery and intrigue, and given our literary proclivities, we thought it might be possible to find something of interest in the village to occupy our Companions for at least one of our allotted slots over the weekend.
We had stayed in Ogbourne… before and had a visual memory of a strange mound-like structure in one of the fields lying adjacent to the hotel and had pinned to it an accompanying mental note which ran, ‘…must have a closer look at some point.’
A little research in the form of flick through the ley-line dowsers’ classic, The Sun and the Serpent by Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst, confirmed both the visual memory and our hunch that the structure would hold some interest for us.
It was not a prehistoric construction at all but a ‘folly’ built sometime during the Second World War by a local farmer but somewhat amazingly it had, according to our venerable authors, been constructed over a node which marked the crossing of the Michael and Mary currents.
This, it seemed to us, was very curious…
The mound now looked like nothing so much as an overgrown hillock with its spiral causeway, rising twenty feet in height, all but obliterated by trees, bushes, and shrubs and there was a picture of it in the aforementioned tome which approximated with the mental image which had been stored in my mind for future reference all those years ago.
It was in this respect reminiscent of another of the mounds we planned to visit over the weekend.
The now slightly more famous, but equally tree-infested Merlin’s Mound stands in the middle of the private grounds of Marlborough College beset by houses of learning and no doubt deliberately dwarfed by both the sheer bulk and the lofty spires of the College Chapel.
This mound is a prehistoric structure and has recently been given a date of construction commensurate with Silbury.
As we had been unsuccessful in our request to the authorities concerned to climb the mound and as the third of our mounds, the aforementioned and world-famous Silbury Hill is now fenced off and no longer accessible to the public we were hoping that our unobtrusive poor relation in Ogbourne St George would afford our Companions the chance to scale its relatively modest sides and experience the dual currents of the Michael and Mary leys.
In this, though we were destined to be disappointed…



Merlins Mound


8 thoughts on “One of our mounds is missing!…

  1. It is a shame it is so hard to enjoy the mounds. Fencing them off doesn’t seem right – -they should be world heritage spots I would think. Ah, well, humans. I would have loved to hear how it felt to stand on top of the Michael and Mary currants…..

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  2. Indeed…that was very much the feeling we were getting. Is fencing anything off ever right I wonder…we do get up to the top of a mound in the next blog and we were in and around the Michael and Mary currents all weekend… so hey! Who is complaining…

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  3. In recent years, four mounds have been built beside the lead on from London to the A40. They are made of cement blocks encased in wire. Wonde what might be thought in a. Few hundred years time? No, not an ancient burial mound, but we believe noise baffles along the road. People are allowed to climb them though.


    1. The intriguing thing about our missing mound was that although recent by mound building standards it was built in the right place, as it were, over the Michael and Mary currents at their cross point… Though doubtless a mere ‘folly’ there is also the possibility that it was connected to (ahem) esoteric activities associated with the last war… I am down with mounds as noise bafflers…not sure I’d want to climb them though…


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