COLDRUM

art: 1. Lichen-Healed; 2. Place of Enchantments

COLDRUM, KENT
On the North Downs in Kent and a prominent monument in the Medway Barrows group, this neolithic chambered tomb also lies close to Pilgrims’ Way. 24 stones lie on a natural terrace where the barrow’s mound stood measuring 50’ by 85’, with 17 mainly now recumbent at the foot of the steep slope. The burial chamber is 13’ by 5’ with a stone pavement, and following excavations in by Kemble in 1856, Bennett discovered the remains of 22 bodies in 1910. Some local tales report the existence of a tunnel linking the site with the local church. In 1754, William Borlas wrote in Antiquities of Cornwall that the word Coldrum probably derived from the Cornish word Galdrum, meaning ‘Place of Enchantments’.
OS: TQ.654.607 A ½ mile walk along a track north east from Trottiscliffe (pronounced Trosley), north of the M20 and east of the A227.


LICHEN-HEALED
oil on board, 6" x 10", 2003, £85

From the foot of the slope, this image is a small study of the slowly denuding stones. Like The Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire, Coldrum is blessed with some of the most interesting lichens.
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PLACE OF ENCHANTMENTS
oil on board, 10" x 14", 2003, £75

Looking west and taking in the stones at the foot of Coldrum's mound, this view brought back memories of my youth when I used to wander to the site after the pubs had shut. I would like to say that the solitary still standing stone represents myself... Actually, I will.
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