Croleigh Hundred

This hundred is in the centre of the valley with The Elves Table located within it. It also has small towns of Croliegh and Wartons in it. Traditionally bounded by the old courses of the Wensel and Rescar. The seat of the council is the town Wartons. The hundred was once known as Elves Hundred. From after the property crash of the Nineteen-Eighties, Much of the land of this Blaec and Carita Hundred being in the ownership of various trusts.

  • Ashton-Under-Edge – A deserted village that fell to ruins during the Reign of Edward Longshanks. Believed to have been founded after the Norman Era.
  • Battle Of Croliegh, Site of – This battlefield being located between the old and new courses of the Wensel and north of the Elves Table. Much of its land being marshy or at times flooded and typically flooded since the late Nineteen-Eighties.
  • Croliegh – This town has a church whose main structure is round, so that the devil could find no corner to hide in. There is a road bridge there that crosses the Wensel, which is too narrow for two-way traffic and where there are traffic lights to control the flow of traffic. The settlement started before the Norman Era with the wood after which the settlement is named having now long gone. Wednesdays there is a market in the market place.
  • Elves Table – Considered by many the heart of the Wensel Valley. The Table being, according to legend, the place where a great dragon sleeps or the home of elves or sidhe. It is a huge wooded granite outcrop or plug. Most consider the woods of the Elves Table to be alien and very dangerous. It is a commonly held belief that the woods of the Elves Table are Yew Woodland. It is reputed home to an ecosystem that is characterised by many unique sub-species. There are those who say that the Elves Table is the site of entrances to other worlds or planes.
  • Knight’s Waughton – Being one of the oldest settlements of the Wensel Valley. The village was once known as St Michael’s Rest and earlier still as Gwinor. It is according to legend where Gwenir’s men settled after the great feast or where those who came to thank Gwynor for defeating Firefang. The village has a large village green with a duck pond.
  • Mortimer’s Hump – This ancient man-made feature blocks the old course of the Wensel. According to legend Mortimer Forester or Mortimer Tabler had the hump constructed to redirect the Wensel.
  • Padget – This village being notorious for having had the mad preacher who threw a baby off the tower of the church. The village was first settled in the Roman Era.
  • Temple Castle – A deserted village that flourished during the Reign of Edward Longshanks. It fell to ruins in the reign of Edward II, after the siege of the Elves Table.
  • Turnton – From the mid Nineteen-Eighties, an area of this village, closest to the Wensel, frequently flooded. The village itself dates back to a mill that was established in the Saxon Era. The village grew, including adding a tavern, during the early Twentiethy Century.
  • Wartons – This town being the union of the three villages Great Waughton, Lesser Waughton and Market Waughton. Traditionally only Lesser Waughton being within Croliegh Hundred. The Local Council has its Council house away from the centre of Wartons, across the Wensel in what was Lesser Waughton. The villages of Great Waughton and Market Waughton dating back to Saxon times, with Lesser Waughton being of an earlier date. Lesser Waughton being located where the Rescar was fordable. Lesser Waughton was once known as St Michael’s Ford.

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