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"Wittenham Clumps from Paramotor"

"Wittenham Clumps from Paramotor"

Photo: superdove is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

Hidden treasure and ravens at Wittenham Clumps

The twin hills known as Wittenham Clumps are a great vantage point to survey the surrounding countryside.

The site is steeped in history and folklore and has inspired artists and poets alike.

The Money Pit

There are the remains of a iron age hillfort on Castle Hill, the lower of the two hills, and legend tells of a treasure hoard hidden underground at the hill by one of it's former occupants.

The hollow on the side of the hill where the treasure is supposed to be buried is known locally as the Money Pit, although to this day no buried treasure has ever been found there! The Money Pit is said to be guarded by a raven.

There is a clump of trees on another part of the hill known as Cuckoo Pen, the name being inspired be the old belief that the cuckoo is the herald of spring and if a cuckoo can be captured then an eternal summer will be the result.

The Poem Tree

Another charming piece of local history was embodied in The Poem Tree, a large tree on Castle Hill onto which a local man named Joseph Tubb carved a long poem in the 1840s.

The poem remained visible for over a hundred years, eventually becoming too distorted by the growth of the tree to read. The tree was over 300 years old by the time it died in the 1990s, and it eventually fell over during strong winds in 2012.

To mark the poem's 150th anniversary in 1994, a stone was erected that features a brass plaque with a rubbing of the poem taken in 1965.

Wittenham Clumps, Little Wittenham, Didcot OX14 4QZ

Region: South Oxfordshire

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