Sunday, 25 July 2010

An evil place where men and women were once hanged

We've seen a love nest now a place of evil. Hardly visited by people now, this was a meeting of 5 old tracks. Two would have gone to local market towns and the others to villages. The photo doesn't show that they are ancient 'drove' tracks with hedges to keep the animals in line as they were walked miles to market.

It was the site of a gallows. Someone who would have committed what we would now call a minor crime would have been driven by cart from Dorchester and hung at these gallows on a market day then left so that everyone could see and be warned not to upset the Lord or the squire.