Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Colmers Hill, Symondsbury, Dorset

According to the Charter of Cerne Abbey in 987, this area was known by the name of Aeschere, but the hill was later named Sigismund's Berg by the Viking chief Sigismund, when he saw the beacon on the hill's summit.  The name Symondsbury is a corruption of the earlier Sigismund's Berg (Berg being Norwegian for Hill), which is now the name of the nearby village. The name Colmers was given much later in the 19th century; named after the Reverend John Colmer, who was the landowner and local rector of Symondsbury from 1805-06 . The trees on the summit were planted during the first world war.

These photos were taken from Quarr Lane, which is situated on the opposite side of the hill to the village. As the name suggests, there was once a quarry nearby. The hill is iconic for this part of Dorset, and is very prominent for miles around. It has the look of a tumulus, but I haven't come across anything to suggest that, and it isn't marked as one on the OS map. However, I wouldn't be at all surprised, as you can't walk very far in West Dorset without tripping over one!

Near to the top of Quarr lane, the sun obliged by lighting up the gorgeous coppery colour of the Autumnal bracken which covers the hillside.  Even when the sun's behind cloud it's still an amazing sight!

Colmers hill cannot be seen halfway along Quarr Lane, but it was still a stunning view on this late October day. 

There are only these four photos in the Gallery album as yet, but I plan to revisit at some point and take pics from the other side, and explore the area further.

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