Here’s a great historical post by Lorna at the From Peneverdant blog. My comment was: “Wow what an interesting story, though i may have read it before at the place it was published last year. Its interesting how the churches are build on the mounds but they still kept the holy wells as a symbol of the “goddess” Mary. And of course Romans or any troops would man the hilltop for surveillance and defensive purposes. Thank you as i am going to reblog this one. Beautiful picture of the old gravestones and the shadows of the trees on the mound. BB”
Segregated by the howling by-pass and enclosed within a shroud of trees Castle Hill is a well kept secret unknown to most of Penwortham’s residents. Yet this hidden headland puts the ‘pen’ in Penwortham, or Peneverdant- ‘the green hill on the water’. It is the place where the history of the township began.
Occupation of the area dates to the Neolithic Period. The construction of Preston Docks in the late nineteenth century unearthed a collection of human skulls dating from 4000BC to 800BC, the bones of auroch and red deer, a bronze age spearhead, remnants of a brushwood platform and pair of dug out canoes indicating the existence of a dwelling akin to Glastonbury Lake Village inhabited by the Setantii tribe. Following from the notion that churches are built on pagan sacred sites it is possible St Mary’s church (which is on the summit) replaced a burial mound and /…
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