The burial mound that Wormelow Tump was named after, potential Wonder of Britain and tomb of Arthur's son, the place which acted as the gathering point for the legal and social networks of the Welsh borderlands for centuries, has apparently been wiped from the earth and replaced by a a stretch of road and a petrol station.

It's not entirely clear when or why1 the tump was destroyed, but all that remains is the village, the local pub name (the "Wormelow Tump Inn", built c.1780 C.E*), and a small reference to the tump as one of Nennius' Wonders of Britain on the pub wall. One of the locals in the pub suggested that the tump could also be seen on one of the pub's photos from the beginning of the 20th C.2 (closeup of the area: 1880's map also showing photo direction). If this is the tump, then here's before and after shots. However. The Isaac Taylor map of 1754 shows the tump to the north of the crossroads the pub is on, in the clump of trees behind the roadsign on this photo. In contrast, another local suggested it used to be in the fields behind one of the walls to the left of the same photo - i.e. opposite the pub. Finally, yet another suggested the tump was never a burial mound, but instead was a local hill, as depicted on the pub sign (Photo) - though there certainly was a mound here as it was excavated3,. In short, it is difficult to say where it was, though perhaps asking in a pub wasn't the best of plans.

If Wormelow was the site of the wonder, it seems likely that Gamber Head was the spring referred to. Gamber Head is currently4 just south of Wormelow, up against the eastern side of the A466. There is a covered well or spring housing next to Gamber Head Farm, from which a stream issues (Photo).

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