Went down to the barrow last night, lit a few candles, it is just so peaceful .
"Owl Eyes" . . . . .
This great stone was hand picked from the quarry and carefully placed above one of the barrow entrance seats as a look-out , and has been seen by all who enter.
Entrance to the barrow . . . . .
The entrance to the barrow, wheelchair accesible path leads up to the gate
Grass and wild flowers are just starting to grow. . . .
The grass and wild flower seed mix is just starting to show through on the barrow, give it a few weeks and it will be green all over
A selection of different urns supplied as examples
Oak chamber now complete
Oak chamber is now complete, the corbelled ceiling has now been finished and looks amazing by candlelight.
The view of the barrow from our wildflower meadow
A bit of path maintenance
Willow chamber ceiling . .. ..
This is Willow row ceiling , the last time daylight will enter it from above, before the capping stone was placed on it this afternoon. The stonework has now been completed, just some landscaping to do .
Yew chamber ceiling . . .
Yew chamber is now complete, Willow chamber has been started and due to be finished this week, then the barrow stonework will be completed.
The finished entrance
The landscaping has been finished today thanks to the hard work and long hours put in today by Nick and Rich of Sacred Stones.
Ceiling of Oak chamber
this is the ceiling of Oak chamber with the central capping stone fitted.
The start of the corbelled ceiling going on ..
The chambers, Oak, Willow & Yew are all complete, the ceilings have been started and we hope to complete the build this month, slightly behind schedule due to our lovely weather ! Open days will be posted as soon as we are finished - end of July/early August.
We fitted the entrance gate into the frame this week as a trial run .. it fits and looks fantastic, thanks to Michael Kelly Ironworks.
Weather permitting, the niches should be finished by next weekend, and then there is the corbelled ceiling and soil to follow.
Niche by candle light ...
Ann Bates Ceramics ..
This beautiful urn was handmade by Ann Bates, please see our link page and blog for more details.
Lastest special stone
This grey stone , which fits perfectly without any alteration, came from the last house my dad lived in. it seems fitting to have it placed in the barrow.
Time capsule ...
We asked the children, at our local school at Fenny Compton, if they could put together a time capsule which would be placed inside the walls of the barrow. They did, and came up today to place it into its own concealed niche, not to be opened for at least 100 years !
Entrance stone lintel placed today ...
The entrance stone lintel was put in place today, the stone was brought direct from the nearest local quarry at Horton, and placed on top of the two standing stones.
The Dassett C of E Primary School time capsule
The children of Dassett CofE Primary school were asked to fill a time capsule with what they thought would be interesting objects in years to come. This is the time capsule in place in the wall waiting to be sealed in.
Full moon ..
Full moon view from within the barrow tonight, looking out through the standing stones
View looking out , through the gate to the standing stone beyond.
This is the view you see when looking out towards the standing stone at the entrance. The ceiling stones are being placed this week, and we are really exited about opening later this month - put back due to the great British weather
Niche example -
The Oxford lettering is made using copper sealed flat inside the glass, whereas the Cambridge lettering is slightly raised so you can feel it, there are several different styles, please speak to us regarding your preferences
candle lit passageways
Build is up to shoulder height and gives you the feeling you are now walking into something special…
Alcoves for tea lights / candles
Recessed alcoves along the stonework passages provide spaces for tea light candles.
Wild flower meadow
At last our countryside stewardship wild flower meadow is showing some colour. The dry 2018 summer did it no favours to get established but this year it is coming on strong now with a even spread of colour throughout, a haven for insects, bees & birds alike.
Tree design, niche cover
This tree design niche cover can have several leaves added to it, each with an inscription from a loved one, special words, names, whatever you think fits the person…
Aerial view of the right hand chamber
A unique ariel view of the right hand chamber’s first set of niches
Large candle lit niche ...
Glass niche cover example
The safari tent is available for placement of ashes celebrations
This is a view of the right hand chamber's first set of niches
The first set of niches in the right hand chamber, these hold up to four sets of ashes/urns.
Traditional tea & cake ...
Large cloverleaf chamber
The square design of these niches allow them to hold up to 5 sets of ashes/urns.
Seating for quiet reflection...
We have had two stone seats built into the entrance passageway, to give a quiet spot for reflection before entering or after leaving the barrow…
Motorcycle Funerals Ltd came to visit us. . . .
We had a visit on one of our open days by Martin from Motorcycle Funerals Ltd, and he was able to drive right up to the barrow entrance !
Located just down the road from us in the village of Farnborough, is Farnborough Hall. A National Trust property, which is well worth a visit, lovely parkland, and gardens as well as a beatiful country house. We are hoping to co-inside our open days with the open days at the hall, Wednesdays & Saturdays, but please see websites for details.
Glass niche cover example
Sunset/Sunrise - a number of different styles of glass work shown here, patterned, coloured and patterned & coloured, which create and amazing sight , especially when back lit. This technique is more siuted to simple designs.
Glass Niche cover example
This piece shows a variety of ideas ( not limited to these ) which include something for pet, music, flora & fauna lovers and also shows raised work in the hearts and lettering.
First inside stone laid today
This is the first of many facing stones which build up the passageways and niches inside the barrow.
First standing stone erected 14-3-19
This is the first standing stone erected at Mid-England Barrow, it will be seen as a focal point when you sit inside the barrow and look out down the entrance way eastwards towards the sunrise
Teddy Bear - crafted from clear glas so that the urn(s) can be viewed through it. The image is 3D and can be made in any simple design for all ages.
First foundation stone laid 11-3-19
First foundation stone laid at Mid-England Barrow by Richard, directed by Joby & Martin from Sacred Stones Ltd
Our Safari Tent . . . .
Doorway exit view
The single standing stone is framed beautifully by the doorway standing stones , this is the view outside from within the barrow
Beautiful sunset over the Barrow site...
The foundation stone is almost complete, showing the cloverleaf design, the entrance stone set in front of the entrance
Association of Green Funeral Directors
Breaking ground !
Work has started on the barrow . . .
Celebrant Ruth Jewell visited us today to place a Lucky Shoe into the barrow wall. Superstition states that the shoe will keep away eveil spirits and give good luck to the barrow. Thank you
Completed Barrow . . .
We were joined today by close friends who took this picture of us in front of the completed barrow, with the grass and wild flower mix coming through nicely over the mound.
Mid-England Barrow floor plan
Foundation started 11-3-19
Starting to layout the foundations of the clover leaf design.
Our Pedigree Longhorns .
Our small herd of pedigree longhorn cattle can usually be seen over the fence in one of the adjoining fields on the farm…..unless they are asleep in amongst the wild flowers !
Sunset over the barrow
The sunset over the entrance picks out the standing stones in profile
The build team
The build team from Sacred Stones - left to right, Rich, Nick, Joby, Toby & Martin.
Wild flower meadow . . . .
The barrow site is located in and around our wild flower meadows, which are often frequented by our herd of pedigree Longhorn cattle
Two stones from two modern barrows . . .
Here we have two unique stones from two modern day barrows. The lower stone is a sarcen stone and came from Tim Daw, who built The Long Barrow at All Cannings - the first modern day barrow to be built in recent times. The second stone , above and right of Tim’s, came from the Willow Row round barrow at Hail Weston, the first Sacred Stones built barrow.
Stone from Soulton Long barrow
On the right hand side of this passageway, opposite the stones from All Cannings long barrow & Willow row round barrow, is placed a stone from Tim Ashton’s Soulton Hall long barrow, uniting the modern day barrows.
Jo's stone . . . .
This is a piece of purbeck stone from the round barrow under construction by Joanna Vassie in Dorset. We swapped a stone from our facade with a stone from her build, as we have done with the other 3 modern day barrows.
Entrance gate to the barrow site ..
When visiting the barrow site, please look out for this entrance gate , located on the right hand side of Fenny Compton lane , on the way to Claydon, 340 metres from the A423 juction.