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Bank of Bluebells by Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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“DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER,
SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED"

― Dr. Seuss

These are the bluebells that come out in Spring time in the forest at Blackbury Camp, near Seaton and Beer in Devon, ENGLAND.
One has to drive down a rustic forest road and across a small river to reach this enchanting place. Blackbury Camp is a historic Hillfort Iron Age site.

IRON AGE

BLACKBURY CAMP

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Hillfort in Devon

In Prehistoric Hillforts in Devon, author Aileen Fox describes this ancient oval-shaped hillfort as ‘important’ and with ‘an unusual entrance’. The excavation in 1952-54 by the Devon Archaeological Society showed that the main gate had been an imposing structure.
Inside is very cool and peaceful, with a cathedral-like canopy of tall trees. The enclosing banks are still well-defined, and at the southern entrance you are still able to see the unusual layout of defensive banks. The land falls away down the slope of the hill here.

Excavation showed that the main gate had been an imposing structure. The rounded rampart ends projected forward and were built up with flint nodules, retained by a timber palisade. Deep post-holes indicated the gate, probably with a bridge to link the ramparts. There was a second timber gateway at the entrance to the barbican. In the interior, the post-holes of a rectilinear hut were uncovered with a cooking pit nearby. Iron slag from the local limonite ores, whetstones and spindle whorls were found along with more than 1,200 sling stones. The pottery included decorated Glastonbury ware and some earlier plain Iron Age wares indicating that the fort was in use from the early 3rd century BC onwards."

A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.

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Comments

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 3 years ago

    oh wow, what a gorgeous capture…so beautiful:)

  • thankyou Robin!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 3 years ago

    How beautiful, just what I needed to see in December!!

  • thankyou Felicity!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 3 years ago

    wow wow wow WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW WOW !!!!! FANTASTIC !

  • thankyou Guenda!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsabout 3 years ago

    a place to bee…beautiful

  • thankyou so mcuh!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsabout 3 years ago

    Stunning work Charmiene. xx

  • thankyou Richard!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Eden R. Knizacky
    Eden R. Knizackyabout 3 years ago

    Lovely!

  • thankyou Eden!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • thanyou so mcuh!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Linda Woodward
    Linda Woodwardabout 3 years ago

    My oh my!!! Very beautiful Charmiene! :)

  • thankyou Linda!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • linskudd
    linskuddabout 3 years ago

    Superb – I love bluebells. :o)

  • thankyou so mcuh!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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