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TP3043 - Ell Barrow
1st Jan 2013 11:49 by jonglew
Ranges all open for Christmas day so took the old Devizes to Salisbury highway across Westdown Range, from Redhorn Hill to Bustard, stopping off to wander across the range to Ell Barrow (fortunately no wardens around). The location of the trig seems to be obvious from the 4 angle-iron girders sticking out of the ground on top of the barrow, although there is another concrete plinth close by that may be a contender?
9th Dec 2012 11:55 by peregrinus
Like tom said. Sunday a.m., no red flags. Road holey but OK even during a wet winter. On tumulus. Pillar base with all 4 reinforcing bars but bolt appears to have gone - as does the main part of the pillar. Slightly nervy walk as the grass is deep. I imagine if the shells etc didn't explode on impact they're unlikely to react to an unsuspecting foot, but am no expert and wasn't taking any chances.
5th Jun 2010 20:15 by cmb1953
Range open so able to drive to site.
20th Jul 2008 15:43 by Glaslyn
Was unable to get close as flags out.From other logs am guessing this is gone.Will try another time.
18th Jun 2008 04:40 by Pyoung1s
7th Oct 2007 12:50 by bluebeard
followed cattle tracks from the old coach road to the barrow. wot signs?
15th Aug 2007 13:44 by tom
The OS state that the pillar was destroyed in September 1978. Apparently the FB was S1947. When the army is not training the byway between Redhorn Hill and Bustard is open to the public, this used to be the Devizes to Salisbury road. Driving along the byway needs much care due to the potholes and puddles, cycling would be more advisable; it is part of the national cycle network. Warning signs tell you of the dangers of unexploded ordnance and the consequences of straying off the right of way. There are fantastic views of this part of Salisbury Plain all along the route; the whole area is part of the Salisbury Plain SSSI. The former site of the pillar is 200 metres off the byway, even though there is livestock grazing nearby there are numerous unexploded shells in the immediate vicinity of the trig site ; the site of the pillar is now occupied by some rough concrete with a few twisted bits of metal sticking out.