On Saturday we met Gareth and Nina and the children at Walbury Hill, about an hour’s drive from each of our homes. It was a lovely bright sunny day but very windy at almost 1000’. We were able to look down on soaring red kites and up at gliders.
Walbury Hill is a favourite spot for gliders and paragliders.
Lots of sheep in the distance on the rolling hills
Elliot chases after Eve and Louis towards Inkpen Beacon
A sombre sight
We walked to Combe Gibbet on Combe Down, sometimes called Gallows Down. The double gibbet, 25’ high, was assembled on top of a Neolithic burial mound in 1676 and was used only once.
Gibbets are usually erected for one body
A married man from Combe and a widow from Inkpen were lovers who killed the man’s wife and son. The pair were tried at Winchester Assizes and hanged and their bodies were hung on either side of the gibbet as an awful warning to all other wrongdoers.
Casting more benign shadows today
The gibbet is not original but tradition decrees that once a gibbet has been erected it must remain. The present construction is the sixth and has been in place since 1979.
We could see for miles . . .
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