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A Place To Shelter
Painting - Oil On Canvas
Cannock Chase is a beautiful place especially when it is covered in snowflakes, it is then; you will undoughtably see a little Robin bobbing about or perched on a branch (as we did on this particular day) So out comes my camera and he sat there 'as cheeky as you like' while I took his picture.....I swear he was posing !!!
Cannock Chase is a mixed area of countryside in the county of Staffordshire. It contains the towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley as well as a sweeping area of forest know as The Chase. Despite the forest being relatively small in area it contains a wide variety of landscape and wildlife, including a herd of fallow deer and a number of endangered birds. This local fauna and stunning vistas make it an attractive area for tourists and they contributed to it being designated an Area of Natural Beauty in 1958. The area has a rich and diverse history with burial mounds found that date back to the Bronze Age. During the Iron Age the area came under the dominion of the Cornovii tribe who occupied the surrounding plains and territories (as Britain was a largely tribal society at the time). Evidence of their brutal reign can be found in the various forts dotted around the Chase. It was also around this time that the town of Cannock was founded, with its name being derived from the Celtic word cnoc, meaning "high place". This references the town being perched on an outcrop over the area. When the Romans came they mostly kept the area untouched aside from establishing bath-houses as well as various temples. The area remained that way until the Saxons arrived and divided the area into several shires. These shires were maintained by the Normans; in fact William the Conqueror used the Saxon Administrative system to record the Domesday entries for Cannock Chase. During this period the Norman kings also began to exploit the area's dense forests by proclaiming it all Royal Forest, allowing the nobility unprecedented access to the vast deer population. Subsequently the area became a huge hunting ground for the nobility with hunts being held every few months up till the Stuart Period.
August 23rd, 2012
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