Devil’s Pulpit History

This is border country. Along the ridge of high ground overlooking the river are the remains of an impressive hand-dug bank and ditch which defines much of the boundary between what we now call England and Wales. It was built by Offa, ruler of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia from 757 - 796 AD. The dyke would have been a potent symbol of Offa’s power and authority over his frontier as well as a formidable obstacle to any invaders. It was designed to impress, with the surrounding trees cleared to ensure the dyke was highly visible in the landscape. It has had a lasting impact on the way people living either side of it define their cultural identity.


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