A perambulation of

Bradon | THE LOST FOREST

On an ongoing project begun in 2014 to rediscover and reassert the ancient *boundaries of Bradon Forest, retracing and walking its entirety, along the way telling its story making images in response to topography, social history and to place – exploring what forms boundary and permanence in the land – an altogether modern perambulation of ancient lines steeped in myth and folklore.

Using the records from 1228 AD my journey starts in the edgelands, suburbs and industrial estates of Swindon, through sculpted parklands, into the pastoral landscape, across farmland, visiting ancient towns and villages, and finally to the heart of the old forest.

Extract from 1576 Wiltoniae Comitatus map (© British Library)

Extract from 1576 Wiltoniae Comitatus map (© British Library)

*Anglo-Norman law – ‘Forests must be mered and bounded with unremoveable Marks, Meres and Boundaries, either known by matter of Record or by Prescription … as if they were enclosed with a Wall’

Definition of PERAMBULATE

Noun:

1. a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries

2. a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

Verb:

(used with object), perambulated, perambulating.

1. to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.

2. to traverse in order to examine or inspect.

(used without object), perambulated, perambulating.

3. to walk or travel about; stroll.