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Burial site with a view

By Kaxxie
Morning everyone

We’re still in Heysham ( pronounced He-sham NOT Hay-sham)! These rock tombs are just next to the image of St Patrick’s Chapel from yesterday. There are eight tombs in total, these six and another two I didn’t know about. The tombs are meant to date back to around the 10th century and are thought to possibly belong to noble people. They’re still body shaped despite all the weathering and are usually filled with water from all that lovely northern rain! The tombs are Grade 1 listed and the socket by the head is thought to be intended for a timber cross. They excavated in the 1970’s and found skeletons and again in the 1990’s and found 1,200 artefacts. The tombs are unique and appeared on the front of a Black Sabbath album. I didn’t know all that.....I researched it!

The lead image shows the view over Morecambe Bay, V1 is a closer view of these fascinating tombs.

Thank you so much for your votes, comments and awards from yesterday. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them.

Kath I hope this brings back more happy memories with happy tears to your eyes.

Ivor your mod is hysterical. It really made me laugh. It reminds me of Larry Grayson with his ‘Shut that door’ catchphrase.

Take care everyone


Tags: Sand Sea Tombs Heysham Morecambe bay Landscape and travel

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cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2021 12:02PM

I love these latest beautiful images Karen and I had no idea they were there. Morecambe Bay, often the butt of jokes, is so very beautiful and you capture it so well.
Isn't it odd that often ancient stones/burial chambers and places of the ancients are found where modern man has placed nuclear power stations? Scientifically I presume it's because of access to water, the sea and the geology but the ancients didn't have the science...or did they? Just thinking Sellafield, Wylfa and Heysham. Answers on a postcard!

In the meantime, thank you lovely lady and when this is all over we can all get 'Up North' again! X

dales Plus
5 13 Australia
5 Mar 2021 12:03PM
A fascinating historical site Karen , very well documented
Heysham Power Station is rather a ‘blot’ on the landscape. We walked away from the tombs as I wanted to see what was round the next bend and there was the power station. I didn’t photograph that!

I like to think they buried their noble people at the top of the cliff where they had a lovely view of the bay!

I’m looking forward to being able to head ‘up north’ again.

Thanks Ian. I’ve tried to be historical.....I’ve been told I’m very trying at times. 😉

Take care

5 Mar 2021 12:26PM
Great captures of these interesting tombs.
5 Mar 2021 12:30PM
Lovely set, accompanied with an interesting write-up, Karen
5 Mar 2021 12:32PM
Great captures karen, and interesting narrative.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
5 Mar 2021 1:47PM
Very interesting Karen. To think this was done so many years ago. Its good that the story carries on and we know the facts.
5 Mar 2021 2:45PM
Very well taken and very interesting images and narrative, Karen.

5 Mar 2021 3:24PM
Wow ! what a interesting photo and history l had never heard of this Karen thank you for sharing.. what a rich history we have...Have a good weekend ...AlanSmileSmileSmile
5 Mar 2021 4:10PM
Interesting and informative Karen, well taken and documented. I lived in Garstang for 12 years and Heysham was a fav spot for me and my wife, especially up on the tops where the Linnets, Whitethroats and Greenfinches could be located. Never knew about the Burial site though.Smile
5 Mar 2021 4:19PM
Fascinating site which I’d never heard of, Karen, looks rather similar theme to the Kings Burial site on Iona. Same era too. Places to ‘take off’ from for the deceased nobles? Superb and fascinating set of images, shortlisted as no awards left today.

Dave 🙂
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2021 6:19PM
A fascinating story, well taken.Smile
IamDora 1 6 Canada
5 Mar 2021 6:24PM
Thank you for the information. Another excellent capture of this area.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2021 7:56PM
Excellent composition, stunning shot...
Isabel GrinGrin
gpimages Plus
11 69 2 England
6 Mar 2021 8:12AM
Thought these may be your next upload Karen after the ruins! Nicely photographed.
Graham Wink

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