Local History

In contrast to yesterday’s post about me wanting a BMX here is a boring little local history lesson.

It’s not completely disconnected though, as we will be riding around some of the local historical landmarks tomorrow with MB Swindon.

The Lansdowne Monument is a 38 metre high obelisk, erected in 1845 by the 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne to commemorate his ancestor, Sir William Petty, a physician and surveyor. It was restored by the National Trust in 1990. It is situated adjacent to the Cherhill White Horse in Wiltshire.

Source – http://www.jandcimages.com/photo_8586771.html

Oldbury Castle – This site is an iron age hill fort. The hill fort encloses an area of about 25 acres and has an entrance to the south-east. It is defended by sections of single and double rampart and ditch.

Morgan’s Hill – Walkers and wildlife watchers can enjoy a rewarding backdrop to their climb, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the endangered Marsh Fritillary butterfly which feeds on the Devil’s-bit Scabious found here during late summer. Indeed, the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its orchids, butterflies and for the general quality of its grassland.

If you want to learn about the Whitehorse click here.


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