British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain

The Trundle

The Trundle

This place called the Trundle rests on a hill that overlooks the Goodwood racecourse.  It is a neolithic causewayed enclosure and hill fort.  Trundle is an Old English word meaning 'circle' and it is said that rich treasure lies buried within.

The archaeologist E.C. Curwen, while excavating the site in 1928 recorded that the legend was much on the lips of all the local people during the dig and eleven years later an account was written in the West Sussex Gazette:

My Dad used to say as his grandfather got up early on Holy Sunday [Easter] an' went along to the place an' started digging. An' he actually ketched sight o' a lump o' gold, an' then he was almost deafed by a clap o' thunder, an' when he looked again, the gold was gone.

The other story told about the Trundle is that the treasure is an accumulated Viking hoard of a host of northmen who buried it there before setting out to do battle with a Saxon army at Kingley Vale, where they were defeated; they had set a ghostly calf to guard it, and it can still be heard bleating at night in the woods at the foot of the hill.