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Brampton Urnes

By Browne, Thomas, Sir

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Title: Brampton Urnes  
Author: Browne, Thomas, Sir
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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but a newe discoverie being made, I readily obey your commands in a brief description thereof. In a large arable feild lying between Buxton and Brampton, but belonging unto Brampton and not much more then a furlong from Oxned park, divers urnes were found. A part of the feild being designed to be enclosed, while the workmen made severall diches & fell upon divers urnes, but earnestly & carelessly digging they broake all they met with & finding nothing but ashes or burnt cinders they scattered what they found. Upon notice given unto me I went unto the place myself to observe the same and to have obtained an whole one, and though I met with two on the side of the dich and used all care I could with the workemen yet they were broake in the taking out. At every stroake on the dich side was heard an hollow sound at some distance, as though the ground had been arched, vaulted, or hollow about them. But many without doubt are still remaining in that ground, and divers were found by some who digged at randome thereabout. Of these pots none were found above 3 quarters of a yard in the ground, whereby it appeareth that in all this time the earth has litle varied its surface, though this ground hath been plowed to the utmost memorie of man; whereby it may be also conjectured that this hath not been a woodland as some conceave all this part to have been, for in such open lands, they usually made no common burying places in old times except for some speciall persons in groves. And likewise that there hath been an ancient habitation about these parts though nothing can be discovered of it from Antiquitie, for at Buxton also, not a mile off, urnes have been found in my memorie. But in their magnitude, figure, colour, posture, &c. there was no small varietie. Some were large & capacious, able to contain above 2 gallons, some of a middle, others of a smaller sise. The great ones probably belonging to greater persons or might be family urnes, fit to receave the ashes successively of their kindred & relations, & therefore of these some had coverings of the same matter, either fitted to them or a thinne flat stone like a graye slat layd over them; and therefore also great ones were but thinly found, but others in good number. Some were of large wide mouths & bellies proportionable with short necks and bottomes of 3 inches diameter, and neere an inch thick; some small with necks like jugges & about that bignesse; the mouths of some fewe were not round but after the figure of a circle compressed not ordinarily to be imitated; though some had small, yet none had poynted, bottomes according to the figures of those which are to be seen in Roma Sotteranea, Viginerus, or Mascardus.

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