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  • AMBRA BOOKS - GLOUCESTERSHIRE Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    cs 164 whereby King Aethelbald gave to the Church in Worcester three cassates of woodland in the place called n the ancient dialect Uuducestre J This charter names as marking the bounds of the granted area north Roddanbeorg east Smiececumb south Sengedleah Heardanleah Neglesleah Minor the whole of Uuidancumb in Carlesleah west Haeslburg Haboccumb and northeast in aquilone Jemythleah The two points in this series that can be identified without question Rodborough and Senkley are sufficient to establish the fact that the boundaries ranged along the hill tops and not as in later days they were apt to do along the water courses They lead one to suppose that when a combe is named the boundary works round the head of it and not down it or under it The date and the character of the grant have combined to suggest that this was one of those outpost gifts marking the limits of their conquest before their hold upon the region had become firm that warring chieftains were apt to devote to the church It was assumed that not even an enemy would incur the risk of dispossessing a church This moreover was one of those sites to which the

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - GLOUCESTERSHIRE Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    built within the earthwork and with the temple which was of unusual plan were associated a guesthouse baths and other structures indicating that the cult was an important centre of pilgrimage About the end of the fourth century the buildings were surrounded by a precinct wall but later they fell into decay and the final phase of occupation coinciding probably with the fifth and sixth centuries is represented by a reinforcement of the prehistoric earthwork Amongst the finds the prehistoric pottery and brooches the Roman bronze figurine of a dog the hoard of small sub Roman coins and the post Roman brooch are noteworthy I PREFATORY NOTE Between the mouth of the Wye and Newnham on Severn the Forest of Dean thrusts southwards towards the Severn along a series of irregular ridges and spurs divided here and there by small streams At Lydney nine miles north east of Chepstow along the Gloucester road one of these spurs a mile from the present shore and 200 ft above it commands a vista of luxuriant forest and spacious estuary which can scarcely be matched for beauty even in a county of pleasant park lands The spur is ranked by deep glens of which one contains it is said the first plane trees introduced into this country from Italy and the whole deer park wherof it is now a feature has been enriched by many generations of the Bathurst family with a great variety of timber which flourishes upon the soft ferriferous limestone of the district At one time it seems that the spur was known popularly by the name of the Dwarf s Hill When the estate was purchased by Mr Ben Bathurst in 1723 all this part was overgrown with bushes but there were walls remaining about 3 ft above the

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - SOMERSET Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    The property has only changed hands once since the Conquest two families only the Mohuns and the Luttrells having held it By the Mohuns the castle was held for the Empress Maude against Stephen In the time of the civil wars its fortunes swayed backwards and forwards and in both times to chronicle events would but be to recapitulate the story of the disastrous days when wars and rebellion were rife in the land In 1643 it was taken for King Charles by the Marquis of Hertford Colonel Wyndham was appointed governor during which time he was visited by Prince Charles afterwards Charles II Again it was taken by Blake and here in 1648 was confined William Prynne by Cromwell Connected with Dunster are the tales of the unprecedented honour honour oaid by the Pope to Reginald de Mohun of Dunster in 1253 and the self devotion of Lady Mohun in 1413 rivalling that of Lady Godiva of Coventry REGINALD DE MOHUN OF DUNSTER A D 1253 Reginald de Mohun of Dunster was honoured in the year 1253 in an unheard of manner by Innocent IV then keeping his court at Lyons in France There is an ancient French MS

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - SOMERSET Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    Then we pass what is commonly known as Gallon House a white washed building with a porch standing back from the road and formerly a public house Its proper name was the Red Deer and it is said to have been called Gallon House from the fact that drink beer is always or often thus described hereabouts was sold only by the gallon That may or may not have been the case but as regards intoxicants Exmoor is still under restrictions To ensure the respectability of the neighbourhood the Exmoor Forest Hotel late the William Rufus is limited to the sale of wine no beer or spirits being obtainable This rule was imposed by Sir Frederick Knight and is maintained in full force by his successor Lord Ebrington The proper name of Gallon House was the Red Deer but Blackmore was evidently acquainted with the other description John Fry is led by a shepherd to a public house near Exford where nothing less than a gallon of ale and half a gammon of bacon brings him to his right mind again Lorna Doone chapter xxxi The associations of Gallon House and its vicinage are tragic since it was in a cottage situated in the rear that William Burgess in the fifties of the last century murdered his little daughter He then conveyed her body across the road and down into the valley where he buried it but fearing detection he again removed the poor child s corpse and threw it down the shaft of the disused Wheal Elixa a copper mine Here il remained undiscovered for months but at last through the untiring exertions of the Rev W H Thornton then curate of Exmoor it was found and the unnatural father expiated his crime on the gallows In his privately

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    and the tenant Mr Candy threw no obstacles in the way Mr Thomas Bush Hon Sec Bath Arch and Nat Hist Assoc came over to superintend operations and Jack White an expert quarryman of Holcombe with Fred Mines an able bodied and willing farm labourer were employed to do the work We had also a keen eyed and zealous helper in Miss Gundred Haig Interesting remains were soon unearthed at a depth of only two feet These remains consisted of several human skulls and bones lying closely packed together in groups generally between vertical stones and sometimes overlaid with slabs of stone These were all found in one part of the mound in close proximity to the large entrance stones and at the base of the two which still stand apparently in their original position at the east end entrance of the barrow Plate I The third stone which had evidently once formed the cap stone rested upon the other two which were covered with earth stood on its side further off Some of the skulls and bones were submitted to the inspection of the late lamented Dr John Beddoe whose report upon them is as follows If you require

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - WILTSHIRE Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    B HOLY WELL in the parish of Chippenham near Sheldon by precipitation of one third of a pint with a strong lixivium by the space of twenty four houres I found a sediment of the quantity of neer a small hazell nut shell of a kind of nitre sc a kind of flower of that colour or lime stone inclining to yellow the particles as big as grosse sand Upon evaporation of the sayd water which was a pottle or better I found two sorts of sediment perhaps by reason of the oblique hanging of the kettle viz one sort of a deep soot colour the other of the colour of cullom earth It changed not colour by infusion of powder of galles Try it with syrup of violettes Hancock s well at Luckington is so extremely cold that in summer one cannot long endure one s hand in it It does much good to the eies It cures the itch c By precipitation it yields a white sediment inclining to yellow sc a kind of fine flower I believe it is much impregnated with nitre In the lane that leads from hence to Sapperton the earth is very nitrous which proceeds from the rich deep blew marie which I discovered in the lane which leads to Sapworth Biddle well lies between Kington St Michael and Swinley it turnes milke In the well of the mannour house Mr Thorn Stokes of Kington St Michael is found talc as also at the well at Priory St Maries in this parish and I thinke common enough in these parts In Kington St Michael parish is a well called Mayden well which I find mentioned in the Legeir booke of the Lord Abbot of Glaston called Secretum Domini or Secretum Abbatis Let it

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - WILTSHIRE Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    were few cases and they were all mild but the parents were informed by circulars telegrams of various import began to By about and a number of the School took flight for a brief period Diphtheria to the unscientific mind suggests defective drains and other horrors as its necessary cause At all events it was well that the state of the buildings should be tested from a sanitary point of view The distinguished specialist who came down found the state of things generally satisfactory but recommended some improvements which were carried out The source of the infection imported into Marlborough was at last run to ground and the mild plague came to an end having caused a substantial addition to the postal and telegraph receipts and some loss of work to the fugitives The year 1891 gives little to chronicle beyond the most unusual appearance of nightingales in the garden at the back of B House They were welcomed at first as an improvement on the peacocks that used to inhabit the garden but many unsentimental minds soon got to think sleep better than music In 1892 the steeple chase was revived nearly on the old course The Orchestral Society as is mentioned above gave a successful concert in London New buildings for the servants between C House and the Hall were taken in hand to be completed early in the following year Marlborough beat Rugby at Lord s by an innings and seventy eight runs The Jubilee of the College was foreshadowed by a meeting of Old Fellows in London to decide how they could best commemorate it and by the demolition of the fives courts inside the gates in order to make room for the new block of classrooms as well as by the opening of foundations for

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - WILTSHIRE Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    16 6 Mr Dauntsey s High Sheriff Dinner and his company 9 paid for mending the Gallows the Cucking stool and other items 63 8 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION 1597 Septr 20 William Barrett Mayor elect By virtue of a warrant received from John Dauntsey High Sheriff the Mayor Burgesses elected John Kent Robert Drewe to represent the Borough in the forthcoming Parliament on Octr 24th Chamberlaipes account for 1597 showed a balance in hand of 13 is 8d The receipts are as usual Amongst the items of expenditure are the following The Eleccon Dinner 58 an increase of 8 For Charges about setting forthe of soldiers for her Maties service 13 4 1597 Twenty five Burgesses were summoned to the Guildhall on March i th to be sworne in as Jury for enquiring into the dressing and rating of fflesh during the time of Lent this year No less than 14 failed to appear and were fined 3 4 each 1598 Chamberlains accounts This year the receipts are reduced by the following Defaulted for the rent of Chapell being voide 10 for the Millers places voide 20 for the Tanners standings that are voide 2 Amongst the payments are the following The Eleccon Dinner 3 Pd for making the benches in the Castle 27 2 Balance in hand 6 155 6d BIGAMY 1598 Deer 15 This day before the Maior c came Alice Longe wife of Anthonye Longe of Devizes yeoman which Antony Longe about 4 years since the said Alice his wife lyving not having the feare of God before his eies contrary to the lawes of God this realme maried and tooke to wife one ffrancys Dabyes born at Amestrie in Herefordshire and with whom he hath lived ever since and because from the evidence of both Anthonye and

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