The Gully

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Circular Road (West Side), Durdham Downs

Symonds’ recollections of Alfred Brooke describe a meeting “by three boundary stones, at the edge of the gully which goes down to the Avon stream”. Known as the Gully, the area is a steep combe leading down Walcombe Slade to the Avon. Though heavily overgrown, the area was sparseley wooded in Symonds’ time, with views from the top of the Gully to the riverside. The top of the descent is marked by the stones dividing Clifton and Westbury parishes. Maps from the era show that three such pairs ran through the Gully towards the river Avon.

For more information on the stones and the surrounding area, visit The Downs 150.