Keys to the Past

Bigges' Pillar (Edlingham)

This is a large cairn of stones standing in a prominent hilltop position with views in all directions. The cairn measures about 7m in diameter and stands about 2.5m high. A series of stones have been built protruding from the body of the cairn and they serve as stairs to the top of it. It has been suggested the cairn may be the base of a medieval beacon, but so far no evidence has been found to support or deny this. The hill is now planted with trees forming Edlingham Wood, which has reduced the visibility of and from the site. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N4219
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building

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Source of Reference
Local History of Edlingham


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