Fjordhammer On Tour - Heaven's Gate & Shearwater
|The ring and stone sculpture commissioned by the 7th Marquess of Bath|
The Summit Of Cranborne Chase
|Yet another tree stump throne|
As Heaven's Gate itself has sparse historical information, bar the Longleat Estate, I will use this section to focus mainly on Cranborne Chase. Now the four county sprawling area has a fair bit of history, so to keep the post a relatively normal length, much like Glastonbury, I will pick out some key bits for you.
|A path through the woods|
The downs are named after the village of Cranborne, which was founded by the Saxons, the "Chase" part comes from the hunts that took place on the downs which were usually frequented by royalty (including Kings John, Henry VIII and James I). There is a long procession of rich and powerful people that owned the Chase, too many to name here without making the post dull. The first owner was believed to be Brictric, who was a powerful Saxon thegn, with the majority of his English landholdings located in the West Country, and they are recorded in William The Conquerer's Domesday Book of 1086. Now the majority of the Chase is owned by estates like Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne Minster.
|Admiring the view from the ring monument|
|When bracken leaves look like writing|
|Looking out over the Shire, feeling like Samwise Gamgee|
|Bluebells in the trees|
|Where is the Lady of the Lake?|
|The lake in all it's glory|