SU2885 : Wayland's Smithy

taken 11 months ago, near to Ashbury, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

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Wayland's Smithy
Wayland's Smithy
Visitors to Wayland's Smithy walk along a short path from the Ridgeway and enter the site at this point close to the entrance to the barrow. The name is known to have been used since at least AD955, possibly handed down from a time when metalworking was seen as a magical practice; alternatively perhaps the local people, unsure of what it was, concluded that it had been a blacksmith's forge. There are a number of legends associated with it including one in which the white horse from nearby Whitehorse Hill visits the site periodically in the dead of the night to be shod - always, of course, returning to its hillside by daybreak.
Wayland's Smithy

Wayland's Smithy is a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site close to The Ridgeway, an ancient road running along the Berkshire Downs. It is one of a locall variant of barrows constructed in south west Britain, known as the Severn-Cotswold group.
The barrow was built in two phases, a timber-chambered oval barrow built c3590-3550 BC and a stone-chambered long barrow built over it c3460-3400 BC. It is 56m long and 13m wide at the southern (entrance) end. Its present appearance is the result of restoration.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 June, 2021   (more nearby)
Monday, 28 June, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Ancient Site 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 2809 8537 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.9906N 1:35.7681W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 2812 8537
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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