Celtic Round Houses

I was so thrilled recently whilst watching a documentary by Neil Oliver about Celtic Britain, to see him at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire. He was surrounded by Celtic round houses. These were just how I imagined the farmstead at Tan yr Aur to look, in the valley below the sacred mountain of Mynydd Llwydiarth.

The Directors of Butser gave me permission to make a poster of the round houses to use at my book signings. If you want to experience this Celtic Romano farm go to their website to book a visit:

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Butser Education CIC
Butser Ancient Farm
Chalton Lane
Chalton
Waterlooville
Hampshire
PO80BG
02392598838

I have previously seen two reconstructions of a Celtic round house; one at the famous St. Fagan’s museum in Cardiff, which has examples of houses from pre history right up to the present day and another at Oriel Mon, the art museum at Llangefni, Anglesey. However I have never visited an actual reconstruction of a village. I may well try to engineer a book signing there and visit it properly.

Do not look too closely at the poster or you will see some solar panels with an electric fence to keep in the animals. The Celtic farm settlements used blackthorn and hawthorn hedges to keep in their livestock, as it is extremely strong and impenetrable when allowed to grow as a thicket.

Let me know if you have seen any good exhibitions of Romano celtic life.

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About margaretgrantauthor

After Drama school in London, where she won the best actress award, the year following Helen Mirren, Margaret chose to make drama teaching her career and wrote many customized plays for her comprehensive school pupils. But rural life beckoned and she and her husband decided to bring up their young family on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. It was during her years there, living on the beautiful mountain of Mynydd Llwydiarth, that she became fascinated by its Druid past and began the research for her first novel, which she planned to write whenever time would afford. She returned to teaching in the 1980’s but this time to a primary school, where she enjoyed writing stories for morning assembly and creating dance dramas. Since her days in teaching she has enjoyed work researching the lives of the elderly and has been involved in a variety of voluntary work. This has included Reiki healing, which has given her rich insights into the work of a healer and empathy with the main character in her first novel, ‘Where Rowans Intertwine.’ Following a move to Sheffield, she concentrated on renovating an old farm worker’s cottage and writing the much-awaited novel. She won a local writing competition for BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘My Journey to Faith - How I became a Bahá’í’ - a humble accolade, but encouraging. The first novel is complete and soon to be published on Kindle, but the second one is brewing. Recently retired to Lincolnshire, she now has the freedom to make writing more of a career.
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