Belas Knap

One of the highlights of holidaying in the Cotswolds was visiting a multitude of historical sites in the area- two Roman villas, a ruined Medieval Cistercian Abbey, an abandoned country pile used during World War II as an RAF radar development centre, a couple of castles, and two prehistoric burial chambers. This one is Belas Knap, on top of a hill a few miles outside Cheltenham. I’m not a new age hippy, and don’t celebrate the solstice but there’s something about burial chambers and barrows which fascinates me.

This being prehistoric burial chambers the obvious candidate for a musical track is one from Julian Cope, whose The Modern Antiquarian book may be his greatest accomplishment, although Head On and Repossessed are more fun. This is Safesurfer but not the version on Peggy Suicide. This is from the 1991 tour only 7″ single, which was obviously pretty rare. Before ebay and cd re-issues with extra tracks and blogs like this one.

Safesurfer.mp3