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



1‘Green-Lion’- on the tower of Ogbourne St. Andrew’s Church.

…Those of you who follow the adventures of Don and Wen in our series of books will be aware that one of their remits is to investigate the interface between the inner and the outer worlds.

This is in keeping with the ontology of the Silent Eye and as a process is perhaps most accessible through the examination of different states of consciousness and how they in their turn impinge upon the numerous psychologies of the beholder.

To date then we have looked at a cross that is not a cross, a number of stones that appear to be bigger from farther away than they do when up close. An island that acts in the same way as the stones and an exceptionally large black monolith that, for the time being at least, appears to have disappeared off the face of the globe, not to mention a commemorative monument which turned out to be a four cornered Hunting Tower!

Most of these strange anomalies occur in or around ancient sacred sites and our missing mound now appeared to be knocking loudly upon the metaphorical door of this ever expanding list.

We could and perhaps should have dowsed for it, but we were rather time constricted and had a raft of Companions chomping at the bit to get their collective teeth into some serious landscape features.

We also had a number of other options in the immediate vicinity, to wit the churches at Ogbourne St. George and Ogbourne St. Andrew both of which also housed the Michael and Mary ley and the churchyard of the latter which allegedly contained the remnants of a more ancient mound and a reconstituted long barrow.

The obvious thing of course is to ‘ask one of the locals’ and this would to some appear to offer the quickest route to the elusive mound, except that long experience in the wilds of wildest Derbyshire has taught us that locals do not as a rule enjoy being quizzed about such things…

Would Ogbourne St George be any different?
It would not.
Hence our initial reference to the infamous film pub, ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’.

Still, we did get to while away a half hour or so in the company of our ferociously friendly host and he did appear to be sincerely trying to locate our elusive structure, though doubtless to him it would have looked like, and so in fact have been, nothing more than a clump of trees which is hardly worth remarking let alone actively seeking out.
Mercifully, the second of our aforementioned options bore great fruit and when we returned with our Companions we did so just in time to be let into the previously locked church.

It proved to be the first stopping point of an exhilarating day in and around a number of sacred sites in the landscape of Ancient Albion.

Nevertheless, if anyone does know the precise whereabouts of our missing mound, we would be ever so grateful to be informed of it?

2…At the sign of ‘The Green-Lion’.

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