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No. 2 Totternhoe & Eaton Bray Rides

No. 2 Totternhoe & Eaton Bray Rides

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Only a mile from Dunstable, Totternhoe was renowned for its stone, which is really a hard form of chalk, known as "clunch". This stone has been used for building since Roman times and evidence of its use has been found on the site of a Roman villa in the parish. During the Middle Ages Totternhoe stone was used in a number of medieval churches in the surrounding counties as well as locally. In more recent times it has been used for great country houses such as Woburn Abbey and Ashridge House.

Dominating the village are the extensive earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle which, together with the adjacent nature reserve and picnic site, form a very pleasant public open space.


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