art: 1. Hetty Pegler's Tump
HETTY PEGLER'S TUMP (aka ULEY LONG BARROW), GLOUCS
A beautiful Cotswold chambered tomb with its covering mound still intact. This mound measures 120’ by 80’ and was thought to be natural until plundered for road building materials in the early 1800s. This caused severe damage to the 2 north chambers, which remain sealed, although crawling then stooping down the 20’ long covered passageway you can still gain access to the 2 southern chambers and the chamber at the passage’s end. Excavations in 1821 following the discovery revealed at least 15 skeletons and in 1854 up to 9 more were uncovered. 2 burials have been found just outside the entrance along with boars’ jawbones. Its name derives from the C17th landowner’s wife, Hester Peggler, who lived and died in ignorance as to the mound’s true nature.
OS: SO.789.000 On the west of the B4066 between Uley and Stroud in Gloucestershire. Though the signpost from the north does direct you to the adjacent field.
When this composition was first exhibited several people commented on the giant cat in it. I dunno, you put your brushes down for 5 minutes to make a cuppa... Mind you, no-one's spotted the cartoon of Christ on a bike.
HETTY PEGLER'S TUMP
oil on canvas, 12" x 16", 2004, £99