Chanctonbury Ring


What You Need To Know About Chanctonbury Ring 

Located in England, Chanctonbury Ring is a small Iron Age hillfort that sits at a prominence on the northern edge of the South Downs in West Sussex, 238 meters (783 feet) above sea level, part of the actual South Downs Way, running along the hill.

Chanctonbury Ring was constructed in the 19th century about the year 1870, as a commanding position looking across the weald to the north. Through carbon dating on pottery found in the area it is possible to determine that the fort was built in the early Iron Age around the 5th to 6th centuries BC.

Other vestiges include Bronze Age pottery and the remains of Roman roads and buildings within the Ring, including a temple and human remains from approximately 1000 years old. However, the current fame of the place does not come from the fort or archaeological remains.

The main attraction is earthwork; the ring is a crown of beech trees planted in 1760 on top by a young man. Charles Goring, a man who lived to see his trees grow to maturity.

Charles Goring, who was known for his care in watering the trees regularly until their roots took hold, but failing with the trees in the center of the circle because of one reason; a replanting of some trees in 1977 found the old Roman temple and other archaeological vestiges.

Chanctonbury Ring was restored by the Sussex Society of Downsmen in 1970. Many of the original trees were blown down during the hurricane of October 1987.

Those trees suffered at the hands of the elements in the early 21st century were replanted early this century by a descendant of Charles Goring, John Goring, who never was interested in the aesthetic beauty of the Ring. In the winter of 1949, John Goring installed an iron water tank barbing wire around the Ring for his cattle, an action that annoyed both locals and the Society of Sussex Downsmen responsible for maintaining the place.

Folklore talks about the devil and the ring, the most famous is that if someone walks 7 times around the circle on a dark or moonless night without stopping, the devil will appear to offer you a bowl of soup, porridge or milk. There are people who have lived the experience and have even given the accurate time and date of Midsummer Eve at 7pm.

Dancing around the circle is also a Celtic tradition. There are also beliefs saying it is not the devil but Fairies who live around and dance around the circle on the above date, but also UFOs have been seen and documented in the area since 1968.

Witchcraft is practiced at Chanctonbury Ring, which is also a haunted place. This practice is not officially, but a sort of altar denounced this activity since 1979, a common activity also at Stoneage and other ancient British Ruins. Along with all this, Charles Goring's grave lies in the 12th century Wiston churchyard and overshadowed by a great yew, beneath the heights of Chanctonbury Ring.

Chanctonbury Ring

Chanctonbury Ring

Chanctonbury Ring

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