Sun Rising
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve
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Local History

Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground is surrounded by the wealth of British history. This page will slowly develop as we explore and share what we too are discovering. Before we get there, we have listed some interesting website links for you to explore.

Red HorseThe Red Horse
The burial ground is just beneath the escarpment where one or two of the five horses were carved into the red clay earth. Stories vary as to how old the horses were, but many believe them to have been originally Saxon, and re-carved through the medieval period up until the nineteenth century. Sadly, it can't be seen today.

Hill Figures Website
White Dragon history of the horse

The Battle of Edgehill
The battle which began the English Civil War took place just a few miles to the east of the burial ground in what is now an idyllic landscape, near Kineton and Radway.

Battlefields Resource Centre
Vickerage revision website
The Castle Inn, Edgehill

Romano-British archaeology
A good deal of artefacts from this period have been found locally. We shall tell you more when we can.

Upton House
This 17th century mansion house, now looked after by the National Trust, is a treasure just a few miles to the south of the burial ground.

National Trust Webpages
Photographs of the House

Tysoe Village
The burial ground is just a mile from Lower Tysoe, a hamlet once called Temple Tysoe because its links with the Knights Templar. The church in Middle Tysoe, St Mary's, is a beautiful Saxon / Norman building in the local honey-coloured stone. The Local History Society has its own website, as does the Church.

The Rollright Stones
This late neolithc stone circle is a one Britain's best preserved ancient monuments.

The Rollright Trust
Prehistoric.Org's Website
Photographs of the Circle