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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Mick Harper » 5:19 am

Coupla old faves there. Will it be good or bad news if dewponds are 'only' leftovers from clay excavations? We used to get excited by them being lined with clay -- but then again it's all grist for our 'chalklands lack water but seem otherwise essential to Megalithic life' theory. The 'herepath', named that way because Anglo-Saxon armies came tramping down them (Heer is German for army). As opposed to Green Streets which, according to TME, are produced by animals tramping down the Ridgeways which in turn cause green lanes.

You wanna get out more, Borry, that's your trouble. (I'm setting you up for a trouble-and-strife joke.)
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 8:15 am

I'll try and get some video of a dewpond or two. If I can get the TME Outside Broadcast Unit to stir. At the moment it is complaining it has got a hangover, and it's cold outside and still persisting down cats & dogs. Situation normal for an English Summer.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 10:19 am

More on Savernake Forest.

Easiest way to get there on public transport is by train to Great Bedwyn. Then walk north west (over Bedwyn Common) towards the southern edge of the forest.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/51.3846/-1.6311

Which is where one can find not only clay pits, but sand and gravel pits. No surprise that another Brick Works can be found there.
https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=1 ... rs=178&b=1

If you are feeling adventurous, go south to meet the Kennet and Avon Canal at (what was) Savernake Station. Follow the canal south-east for one kilometre, then turn south, and you will get to Wolf Hall. Famously home of the Seymour dynasty.

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=1 ... rs=178&b=1

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/201 ... ntel-novel
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Mick Harper » 6:10 am

A dripette from the family which you might understand better than me
Ball clay extraction in Dorset. Quarries close to chalk. I seem to remember that this ball clay is predominately kaolinite. Generally associated with the chemical breakdown (meta somatic) of feldspar in granite. As in China clay. This stuff could have been transported and deposited by rivers.

A disused Savernake station? Must scout it for our upcoming horror movie. Good to hear Bedwyn is an English place-name. It had hitherto been a destination on a Paddington train board that I had always supposed was somewhere beyond the Severn.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Mick Harper » 12:43 pm

I pass this along for what it's worth. [Intelligence grading C++]
Yeah thinking about that part of Dorset have you ever been to Creech Hill? Weird as hell. Right up your back alley, as they say.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Boreades » 9:42 am

Not quite Walkie Talkies, more like Wheeler Dealers, but it has similarities. We've noticed a lot more MAMILs* riding through our village. Wos'appnin? It seems that the new King Alfred's Way has been taken-to quite keenly. What is this new King Alfred's Way?

King Alfred's Way is a 350km circular off-road adventure route through 10,000 years of history, connecting some of England’s most iconic sites. The name of the trail is inspired by Alfred the Great, who ruled the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex.

Which sites?

King Alfred's Way starts and ends in Winchester where Alfred is buried, and connects iconic monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Iron Age hill forts, Farnham Castle, and Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals.

That's nice. Strangely it doesn't go through Wantage, allegedly the birthplace of the alleged Alfie. Which one might have assumed was essential, so that our new pilgrims could touch the foot of the statue there. Holy Relics for athiests?

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Route map:
https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/king-al ... -gpx-route

* Middle Aged Men In Lycra
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