Norton Bavant Snow Scene
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Village History - Early Man  

One summer’s afternoon I sat on top of the Stone Age earthwork, Scratchbury Camp, looking down on the village of Norton Bavant, and the whole fascinating countryside around me.  A mile and a half north was the imposing earthwork fortress of Battlesbury, 23 acres enclosed by 4 ramparts, tumuli in the inner ditch, lynchetts cut in the hillside but partly smoothed away by modern ploughing.  To the north west was Cley Hill Camp, 800 feet high, a grass covered chalk prominence as if mother Earth had thrust a bosom to the sky; once standing out with solitary defiance from the wooded countryside.  Its slopes are precipitous yet a foss and rampart surrounds its summit where two tumuli show sharply against the skyline.  Below it, a short distance away, lay an outlying part of the manor of Norton.

Around me in all directions were tumuli, round and long barrows, with much of it dating back to Neolithic man, followed by the Celtic and Belgae tribes from Europe – the Romans, the Saxons and Danes, and then the Normans.

Scratchbury Camp, itself, is enclosed by a single bank and ditch enclosing 40 acres, containing 7 barrows, including a very large one.  Other earthworks nearby enclosed by a single bank and ditch, but otherwise less inaccessible are thought to have been cattle enclosures of the ancient tribes.

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