The Giant's Hedge

“A GIANT ONE DAY
HAVING NOTHING TO DO
BUILT A GREAT HEDGE
FROM LERRYN TO LOOE”

So runs the rhyme, much beloved by children and adult residents of Lerryn.

There is even a dwelling named “Giants Hedge” at the end of the hedge in Lerryn, near to the school.

However, this construction and its purpose is shrouded in mystery; it is thought to have been built around the same time as “Offa’s Dyke (786 A.D.) but archaeologists have found no proof.

In parts the hedge is about 5 metres high and 3 metres wide, so what a monumental task it must have been to build it 1250 years ago with nothing more than basic hand tools.

What was its purpose? – A defensive wall maybe, or the boundary of a little kingdom? Who knows? Maybe we should ask the Giant.

 

Documents relating to The Giant's Hedge (most relevant first):

1950. School Hill. The Lerryn end ofthe Giant's Hedge. "One day the devil, having nothing to do, built a great hedge from Lerryn to Looe" This earth bank is scheduled as an ancient momument - purpose unknown - may date from the same time as Offas' Dyke and S

1950. School Hill. The Lerryn end ofthe Giant's Hedge.
1950. School Hill. The Lerryn end ofthe Giant's Hedge. "One day the devil, having nothing to do, built a great hedge from Lerryn to Looe" This earth bank is scheduled as an ancient momument - purpose unknown - may date from the same time as Offas' Dyke and S [LER-57-189]
1950. School Hill. The Lerryn end ofthe Giant's Hedge. "One day the devil, having nothing to do, built a great hedge from Lerryn to Looe" This earth bank is scheduled as an ancient momument - purpose unknown - may date from the same time as Offas' Dyke and S [LER-57-189]
   Wednesday, 18 October, 2017    © Lerryn History Society 2017