The New Long Barrow at Soulton
We are delighted to announce a collaboration with Sacred Stones which will seek to construct of the first barrow in Shropshire in thousands of years.
Below is an artist's impression of the structure we hope to create and on which planning consultation is currently in progress.
A site has been identified in open country on our farm a quarter of a mile to the north of the Manor House; between two natural ponds each surrounded by open copse of trees. The site has fine views to Hawkstone Hill -- a place of timeless quietness hosting a diversity of wildlife.
SOULTON LONG BARROW OPEN DAYS
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When complete, this will be an enduring memorial space for our community, providing a timeless place for reflection and renewal and a beautiful, subtle and abiding monument.
Further details/context about the project can be found on the Sacred Stones Website.
The video below explains the project in more detail, looking at the building of the new Cambridgeshire Barrow at Willow Row.
We have approached this project with a great deal of sensitivity. We care for an ancient landscape with significant archaeology already on this farm and we have had some fantastic support and engagement from Cambridge University's Division of Archaeology, from Shropshire Council's Historic Environment Team, and we also undertook to visit a number of Neolithic sites to inform the design over a period of many months.
Reflection and Community
When the barrow is established we hope it will foster community and provide a nurturing setting for reflection, memory and renewal. There is an established custom of a permissive footpath in this area of our farm and we know that many of the people who use that path find it very restful to look at. For example, the 300 or so lapwing that gather here in the winter. We hope to include local and other interested people in some aspects of the physical build process too.
The video below shows the sunrise at the winter solstice from the site. In time the aligments of the barrow may further support and focus these ideas of community and mutally supportive engagement with the space that will be created and its context within nature.
The project has been covered as follows:
- By the Shropshire Star:
- By BBC Shropshire:
- More genraly in national media here.
Professor Marie Louise Stig Sorensen, an archaeologist and heritage researcher at the University of Cambridge is following this project for research purposes; she is collecting data on how past monuments can inspire contemporary constructions and new uses.
Why revive the ancient custom of barrow building?
Because the momuments are beautiful and useful and because they help people deal with a difficult but universal human experience. These ideas are developed in the audio below:
What exactly were/are barrows?
They are intrinsically mysterious and that is part of thier magic.
We encourage you to go exploring and find one near you, and to begin doing some of your own research.
Before you get started on that journey, you can get a useful insight into them from the article below:
How would a barrow sit in the Soulton landscape? Why is this a suitable place?
This Manor has a long an interesting history, stretching over at least 1,000 years and already contains a number of monuments. We have an approach to farming which is sensitive and interested in sustainability issues. You can find furher resources in the article below: