|left hand path takes you to the barrows|
A hot day to visit this unique place, starting at the church with its wall paintings, through the churchyard, along a long path, turn the corner and there are the great romano-british burial mounds, 1st/2nd century AD.
Covered in long grass they present a shaggy exterior, the largest is 45 feet high, built of soil and chalk the wild flowers reflect the nature of this soil. What did I see, sweet woodruff, ladies bedstraw, angelica maybe, St.John's Wort maybe, oxeye daisy, thyme, mullien and several almost impossible to identify. Entering the glade where the three tumuli lie surrounded by trees and you enter into another ecosystem. The sharp blue of tiny damselflies, great dragon flies, bees buzz incessantly up the steep banks and on top of the mounds. Dark brown butterflies flutter up from the grass as you walk, for once there is a surfeit of butterflies, a rare sight nowadays.
|St.John's Wort (hyperium) I think|
|But what is the yellow 'cow parsley' angelica?|
|Me at the top of the largest barrow|
|Thaxted typical Essex town|
|Three Hills pub/hotel, originally three cottages when the railway was built in this out of the way village.|
Beeching put a stop to that!