The history of Lockerley is perhaps best seen through a prism that sets out areas such as the  geology, sociology, agriculture and climate as much as the straight factual elements such as surveys, population census and archaeology reports.  Apparently keen eyed wanderers on the footpath that passes between the Old Post Office on Lockerley Green and the railway bridge have picked up flint arrow heads from the soil.

lidar map of lockerley area lidar pt1 01pcMaps both current OS and past maps, and their recent companions LIDAR maps, help to give a topological foundation for the area and perhaps this following suite of topics will fire up contributions that expand and correct the texts that follow (please identify your sources though).  And, in appreciating an area nothing quite beast the simplest technique - walking the patch.  Happy rambling and happy reading.  There is a short section of references set out but more would be appreciated.  topology buttsgrn topol 01pc To start the thinking here are two aerial views of the area.  If you are keen to pick out features in the LIDAR scan here are some challenges:

  • Butts Green's triangular form.
  • The railway line is clearly visible with the bridge and the footpath access towards Spearywell Wood beneath it.
  • The church of St John. 
  • The river Dun, its flood plane and the straight lines which indicate initial work on the canal.
  • The early earth work - looks like a backward C.
  • The indication of a long lost track from the earth work towards Holbury crossing what is now known as Critchells Green; it goes approximately ENE.
  • The evidence of the railway sidings installed as part of D Day preparations.


The other image comprises, on the same scale, a merged cersion of the height variation with a colour image of the same area. Butts Green's triangular shape is a little more easily discerned. And, apologies, at this time the image covers only lower half opf the LIDAR plot. North is up - as ever (not quite so with the LIDAR plot) - and the railway line should act as a guide if you try to line this up to an OS map.