15 February 2018

New Buckenham Castle, Norfolk.....

The castle at Buckenham was built by William d'Albini one of William the Conqueror's Barons (who also built Castle Rising).  In 1145 d'Albini's son gave the castle to the Augustinian order of canons to found an abbey and proceeded to build a more ambitious, moated fortress a short distance to the south east, he built a town, named New Buckenham, to service the new castle....


The path from the road to the castle, the site of the outer baileys.....


The imposing earthworks from the path....


The 15th century moat bridge platform....



The moat....






The circular stone castle keep, said to be the earliest in England.... the keep had 11 foot thick stone walls and rising to 40 feet high, built of local flint.... and the snowdrops look lovely too!



From the earthworks which rise 40 feet above the moat, in other words almost a mountain!....










... wondering where the Baron's dog's privy chamber was.....


Looking down onto the keep from the ramparts....



















The Market House, New Buckenham....



Local legend says that the castle is where the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was hatched.


29 January 2018

King's Forest, near West Stow, Suffolk....

The Forest was named to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. Fallow deer are common here, and several crossed our track but were too quick for me to photograph, I am sure that if I hadn't got my camera with me they'd have been doing cartwheels and handstands before our very eyes!

In search of Traveller's Hill and the tumulus underneath an 'almost' super moon....



My task should I agree to accept it, is to find this illusive round barrow!


but it was well worth the search, even just to see some very impressive wildlife and a beautiful moon....






27 January 2018

Rampart Field, near West Stow, Suffolk.....

"A site of pioneering Victorian investigation Rampart Field is an area of heathland and scrub woodland including Town Pit, a disused gravel pit last worked in the 1950s. It has a special place in the history of science, as one of the first sites ever investigated for evidence for Palaeolithic human settlement in Britain. It is now part of the West Stow Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for its wildlife value.  Pioneering researchers Joseph Prestwich (geologist) and John Evans (archaeologist) visited here in 1860, looking for evidence that flint implements were definitely associated with extinct ‘antediluvian’ animals. A year earlier Darwin had published his ‘Origin of Species’, and the finds at Rampart Field would help demonstrate the great antiquity of human kind. Several artefacts were found, although mammal fossils proved frustratingly scarce, just elephant bones and a reindeer antler.

Researchers re-investigated Rampart Field in 1993, trying to discover more about the geological history of the Lark valley. They found chalk rubble underlying gravelly deposits containing a flint scraper tool. The gravels may have been deposited by meltwaters from an ice sheet occupying Fenland about 160,000 years ago. They contain a distinctive assemblage of quartz-rich pebbles that were brought to the area by a powerful but now-vanished river about ½ million years ago. Known as the Bytham River, it eroded and transported quartz and quartzite pebbles from 200 million year-old Permo-Triassic rocks in the Midlands.

A brown quartzite boulder at the northern end of the site (see map) is likely to be a glacial ‘erratic’, transported to the area by the Anglian ice sheet about 450,000 years ago. It is probably a form of silcrete (silica cemented sandstone) outcropping in the Kings Lynn area."
Source:-  http://www.breakingnewground.org.uk/earthheritagetrail/rampart-field/







up in the foothills of Icklingham.......





Pixie examining the brown quartzite boulder to establish whether she thinks it is likely to be a glacial ‘erratic’, transported to the area by the Anglian ice sheet about 450,000 years ago.....









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