Saturday, June 03, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.154: Three Sisters

On the lower slopes of Horsingdon Hill sit the Three Sisters: a triumvirate of three small neolithic barrows, access to which has been restricted by order of Horsingdon Borough Council. Indeed, it seems that the local populace have always avoided the site on account of the area subsisting under a curse: a common belief being that the mounds mark the graves of three sisters who also happened to be witches. In any case, the fearful reputation surrounding the barrows has meant such that they have lain undisturbed for at least two hundred years; no official investigation of their contents was undertaken until the 1960s, when a team of archaeologists from the then-Northwich Park Polytechnic obtained permission to excavate the mounds.

Three days after the dig began, two of the team had died under highly mysterious circumstances, the excavation was abandoned, and the barrows were sealed. Soon after Horsingdon Bourough Council passed a by-law forbidding acces to the site, subsequently erecting a perimiter of
wire fencing around the area.

During his time in Horsingdon, Roland Franklyn claims to have visited the barrows late one night with a view to discovering what exactly was interred within, subsequently fleeing the vicinity on witnessing pale, faceless things crawling over the mounds; even today rumours persist of hooded figures gathering at the barrows on certain auspicious nights, enacting strange rites about these squat, archaic tumuli, and intoning incantations to whatever lurks within in a language not of this world.

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