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Dean's Last Stand

Dean’s Last Stand
by Charles E S Fairey

Welshbury and Celtic Dean’s last stand
The Druids and their Dobunni band
Their fight for their mystical land,
The Forest groves where learnt the Lord’s hand.

Where Christ came and learnt from Druid
Their sacred place, this isle of angels,
Where the Druid held all the world’s mysteries
And secret knowledge initiate learns and ascendant sees.

Roman came to take Dobunni’s Dean
Where even our Lord learnt and dreamed,
This hill top fortress Dean’s last stand
The Druids, their mysteries, Lord and land.

Now revered by the Pagan’s love,
Here they worship the gods of Dean
The Druids and Nature spirit,
Around camp fire round ancient tree they sit.

Learning the secrets of Angel Isle’s past
Where Dean’s Druids in fort heldfast,
While dreaming of Roman invader,
Who fought and won the Forest of the young Saviour.

Now modern Druid ascends sacred hill
To the fort now covered in green,
Where circle of stones sacred yew
And ancient cairn and mounds through.

Here pagan’s love follows their path
From ancient initiation towards adept,
Here they sit within Dobunni Fort
With great tree and fire god, all paganic thought.

With the smoke they rise above
High over this Dean’s Druidic home,
Where Dobunni Kings had their throne
In the forest trees all their knowledge sown.

Surveying the hills and valleys about
Like Dean’s Peregrine worshipper sees
All of the Forest of magical ‘leys’,
Flying ley lines their spirit frees.

The Druids and their last stand
Against their destroyers the Roman hand,
Welshbury and Celtic Dean’s last stand,
The Forest groves where learnt the Lord’s Command.
In the Forest of Dean, lying just to the west of Flaxley in Welshbury Woods, is Welshbury Hill-fort. This Iron Age hill fort has impressive triple defensive rampart and ditches on its south and west sides with a single bank and ditch on the north and east and an entrance.

The Dobunni Tribe waged a guerrilla war on the Romans
until their last stand at Welshbury hill fort.
Welshbury Hillfort Photos