The Soulton Long Barrow
Aligned to the rising sun on midsummer's day, the Soulton Long Barrow is only the second such monument to have been built for 5,5000 years.
Taking its inspiration from the dawn of farming and architecture in the Neolithic, this pioneering monument is a focus for honouring loved ones, for contemplation, for celebration, for wonder, and for supporting community and each other.
One of the important but initially surprising things about the barrow is the way it develops and sustains a true community and through it mutual support. It is very uplifiting to observe.
There is a growing community around the barrow, some of whom are active on social media.
About the Project and "The Journey"
We are fortunate that this project has caught the attention of BBC Countryfile and BBC Midlands as well as writers for Daily Mail, the Guardain, Shropshire Life, Shropshire Star, CLA as well as Micheal and Rupert of Standing with Stones. A selection of media from them and from participants in the project is set out in the pannel to the right of this page (or below if you are using a smart phone/tablet).
This video of an early open day also gives a lovely indication of the atmosphere.
Matt Baker #countryfile “oh my word. It’s so calming”— Sacred Stones Ltd (@SacredStonesLtd) April 18, 2019
Ellie: “It takes your breath away, litteraly. It’s sort of magical”@DyingMatters @creative_dying @LifeDeathWhat @BeyondLifeUK @BBCR4OC pic.twitter.com/J52Q2jhpI3
The Soulton Long Barrow has actvated an inspiring amount of creativity for all kinds of artists attracted by both the requirement to create memorials and also by the power and beauty of the project -- you can find out more about this energy here.
Reserving a space in the barrow
We are always very touched when the barrow is found to 'fit'. If you are intersted in reserving a niche, please direct barrow inquiries to Sacred Stones in the first instance.
You can reach Bev or Toby for more infomation by the following methods:
- e: firstname.lastname@example.org
- t: 01234 780 280
Open Days and Access
The barrow is first and foremost a working monument for people and families we care a lot for. It is also a nurturing, thriving creative hub and space for refelction.
There are regualr public Open Days for the barrow, and details of those may be found here.
The farm now has a barrow, #soultonlongbarrow, one of the first built it 5,000 years thanks to the team @SacredStonesLtd— Soulton Hall (@SoultonHall) April 10, 2019
Here’s a video of some images of it and the art it’s inspired
Anyone may walk up to the barrow using the permissive access. Park at the hall (second drive) pic.twitter.com/iNJHJzsDVF
There is permissive access for the general public to walk to the barrow following the stoned lane to the barrow north of Soulton Hall on Soulton Road; this passes three standing stones, showing you the way. You are permitted by the consent of the Ashton family to park on the hall's second drive (where there is a bend in the sanstone wall) in order to walk up.
The barrow's interior is not not open to the public apart from open days and other public events (notified on social medai and Soulton Hall/Sacred Stones homepages).
Families who are part of the barrow community have access to the interior with a code at any reasonable time, and may apply for a permit to drive to the barrow where they have access needs.
Please treat the monument with respect and observe the countryside code while using the access to the barrow.
Oh what a wonderful thing! I've got a real lump in my throat at the beauty of it all. Beautiful stained glass art for such a loving place to remember your loved ones! #countryfile— Isobel Brown (@izzles25) April 14, 2019