Bredon Hill

Bredon Hill is the largest of the Cotswold outliers, and the only one which lies fully in Worcestershire. The Hill is composed of Jurassic mudstones, siltstones and sandstones, capped by a layer of oolitic limestone. It is also notable for its standing stones, which are commonly composed of ‘gull’ rock; a tough limestone made out of fragments of oolitic limestone cemented together by calcareous tufa. Much folklore and legend often surrounds these features.

The villages surrounding Bredon Hill (particularly the south-west and southern flanks), are seemingly isolated from the rest of the county, with the Avon and Severn rivers and main roads cutting off the Hill and its flanks. The villages provide excellent examples of building in oolitic limestone. Many settlements have existed for over 1000 years, with both Iron Age (Kemerton
Camp atop the hill), and Roman influences on the landscape. The area is rich in archaeology, history and folklore, and much remains to be discovered about the stone built heritage and its part in the story of the Hill.

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