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Mike McGuire
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Depends what you mean by "the top of the hill". For a while I very much liked the idea that they had been rolled down from the top of Barcombe Hill. But, alas, I don't think even blocks of that size would have rolled so far. So I think they came from the top of the cliff which you are facing when you stand by the blocks on the footpath and look across the stream. You can see to what appears to be the top of the sandstone in this cliff, but actually there is at least as much thickness of sandstone again above that, but set a bit back so you can't see most of it from the footpath. I think it's in this area the blocks came from.

Yes, I think you may well be right about the quarrying method. They probably used somthing like crow-bars to loosen the blocks, shouted if they were feeling kind, and pushed them down. It may well be that even though many of the faces look very flat and square, these are actually the natural joint faces. My guess is they pushed plenty down for the job they were doing and then split them into the shapes they needed until they had enough. What the job was, and at what era in the life of the fort it happened, is very much open to speculation. Early on or late on are two popular guesses. Suggestions on a post card please!

My next blog is a bit delayed due to some slight health complications (bitten by a farm dog and, separately, strained my back) but I hope to write something as promised about the shales in a day or two.

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