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I liked Danejohn mound. Why 'Danejohn'? Nothing to do with Danish men, just a corruption of the word 'donjon' which originally meant a fortified mound....which is what Danejohn mound was.
Why did I like it? Possibly because it is so very obviously something constructed by human beings and yet not something constructed of stone or whatever....faintly resonant of other vast earthen structures in the UK, such as Silbury Hill.
Whatever. It's worth seeking out and it's worth walking up.
The mound was almost certainly originally a roman burial mound. The Romans didn't go in for burial mounds very much, although there are thousands of them in the UK which date from prehistoric times. For some reason, the Romans who lived in the south-east of England did have a phase when they used mounds: at least, those who were wealthy and important enough used mounds to mark their burial sites. Ordinary people didn't have that privilege.
When the Normans invaded in 1066 it is likely that the existing Roman mound was massively enlarged and then used as the motte (mound) for Canterbury's first wooden motte-and-bailey castle. The Normans built hundreds of these castles across England (and Wales, to some extent) though the majority never had their wooden structures replaced by stone structures. Canterbury did, but the stone castle (see tip) lies some way from the original mound and is not itself on a motte.
The mound was landscaped when the gardens surrounding it were laid out in 1770. One Alderman James Simmons was inc harge of that, but the gardens were given 'to the people of Canterbury' by 1803 and have remained in the ownership of the council ever since. The mound is topped by a memorial to Alderman Simmons and his 'gift' of the gardens.
Walking up the Danejohn mound is not particularly strenuous: the path is well-surfaced and mostly wide-enough for a wheelchair if the pusher has enough puff! There are nice views over the Danejohn gardens and the Medieval city, not-so-nice views over the modern city which lies outside the city walls.
Definitely worth a visit.
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Dane John Mound
The Dane John Mound was first made in Iron Age times, when it was used as a burial mound. A motte-and-bailey castle was built by the Normans, soon after their occupation of Canterbury in 1066, deriving its name from the Norman French word for castle - 'donjon'.
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Dane John Mound
The Dane John Mound is located within the gardens of the same name.
It was constructed in the Iron Ages and was used as a burial Mound.
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