Wychbury Hill

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Wychbury Hill
Wychbury Hill.jpg
Wychbury Hill looking towards Wychbury Obelisk
Highest point
Elevation 224 m (735 ft)
Geography
Location Stourbridge, West Midlands, England
OS grid SO920817
Topo map OS Explorer 219

Wychbury Hill is a hill situated off the A456 Birmingham Road, at Hagley, Stourbridge, on the border of West Midlands and Worcestershire.

It is divided between the parish of Hagley and former parish of Pedmore. It is one of the Clent Hills and lies in Hagley Park. The hill offers good views across the Severn Valley as far as the Malvern Hills and Clee Hills. It is the site of Wychbury Ring - an Iron Age hill fort[1] - and the Wychbury Obelisk ,[2] and is much beloved of pagans, with the site containing a 28-tree ancient yew grove, and not because the name sounds like "witch". The name is actually unrelated, being derived from that of the Saxon subkingdom of the Hwicce.

On the flank of the hill is a folly in the shape of a Greek Doric temple, in fact a miniature replica of the end of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Built in 1758, it was England's first example of Neoclassical architecture. The temple is currently in a seriously dilapidated and vandalised condition. It is a listed building on private land and permanently fenced off to the public.

In 1999 the obelisk was defaced with graffiti referring to the unsolved post World War II mystery: Who put Bella in the Wych Elm? when the decomposed body of a woman was found in a nearby wood.[3] The graffiti was removed during the restoration of the obelisk which was completed in 2010.[4]

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  1. ^ "Wychbury Ring". English Heritage. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wychbury Obelisk restoration work complete". Natural England. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Murder mystery returns to haunt village". BBC. 12 August 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hagley Obelisk celebrations to go with a bang". Stourbridge News. 9 November 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°26′00″N 2°07′09″W / 52.43322°N 2.11909°W / 52.43322; -2.11909