Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New tombs with a view. An overview and the inside scoop

A tomb with a view 

' Tim Daw, 52, has been granted planning permission to create a  (164ft) walk-in stone burial mound at his family farm near Devizes. Several members of the public have already signed up to have their ashes buried there. It will contain seven circular chambers lined with niches for storing ash-filled urns. When full, the barrow could house the remains of up to 2,400 people.
Mr Daw, who works as a steward at Stonehenge, plans to start construction shortly. He will charge up to £1,000 for a "family niche" holding six to eight urns. The working barrow will be constructed of local materials to a design of his making. The entrance will be aligned so that the sun shines down the central chamber on the Winter Solstice.
The council said it was an 'unusual application' but has granted permission."
The All Cannings Long Barrow will be made from local sarsen stones, similar to those used at Stonehenge and Avebury. This part of Wiltshire, the North Wessex downs, is sprinkled with sarsen stones, left behind after the last ice age. 
Britain's best-known burial mound is at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk – where a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon king was found buried in a wooden ship, surrounded by priceless grave goods.'

Interestingly the DSWA of UK has a notification about this upcoming project in their winter issue of Waller and Dyker

However...somewhere in Lancashire in this grove of trees is a new underground tomb that has already been built!

Thanks to Chris Bestwick for this recent  photo he took of  it. 
We hope to see more pics of 'Pikefield' when the site 'greens' over where we constructed this new 'ancient' tumulus last summer.

Here's the inside scoop 

Chris Bestwick photo