SP8306 : Beacon Hill from the Aylesbury Ring

taken 7 years ago, near to Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Beacon Hill from the Aylesbury Ring
Beacon Hill from the Aylesbury Ring
A view of the notable mound of Beacon Hill in Ellesborough taken from the Aylesbury Ring LDP to the northwest of the church. Adjacent to this hill to the west is "Cymbeline's Castle" (see below).
At the top of Beacon Hill is the remains of SP8306 : Bronze Age Bowl Barrow on Beacon Hill
Cymbeline's Castle & Beacon Hill

Adjacent to Beacon Hill to the west is an ancient Motte & Bailey system known as Cymbeline's Castle (or Mount). Any connection with the ancient British king - whom Shakespeare wrote a play about - is I think speculative at best. However it has been suggested that the nearby Kimbles (Little & Great) are named after him, so it does at least have some plausible link back to pre-Roman times. Although Shakespeare used the name Cymbeline (for his entirely fictional tale), this 1st Century king who ruled a large area of Southern England before the Roman invasion, is more generally known historically as Cunobelinus, though he is known also by various other names such as Cynfelyn and Kymbelinus.
The motte and bailey(s) are overgrown with impenetrable scrub - and surrounded by barbed wire, so access to the site is unfortunately not possible, however if you scale Beacon Hill, the views down to it are very good.
Cymbeline's Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and there is an extensive and informative write up on the EH website here LinkExternal link
Beacon Hill itself looks an eminently suitable place for a hill fort, and it too is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as it is the site of a Bronze Age Bowl Barrow see LinkExternal link
Just south of the barrow is another S.A.M., A Pillow Mound LinkExternal link thought to be associated with the breeding of rabbits on the hill.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 28 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8355 0620 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.8966N 0:47.4695W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8332 0683
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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