| 7 May 2003
Farmer builds own burial chamber
A Devon farmer has realised his dream by building a replica of a Bronze Age burial chamber on his land. Gavin Dollard transported four huge pieces of granite from Dartmoor to his estate near Ivybridge (England) to carry out the construction. It is thought to be the first time in 2,000 years that a dolmen has been built in the UK.
Mr Dollard, 52, who wants to be laid to rest in the chamber, had hoped to have the edifice constructed in time for the Millennium celebrations. However, work was only completed on 29 April 2003, when a huge crane lowered a 14-tonne piece of granite on to three 10-tonne standing stones which had already been erected to create the chamber.
Part of Mr Dollard's estate at Delamore in Cornwood into an open-air art gallery. He sees the dolmen as another piece of sculpture for his collection. But he admits that, when he dies, it will serve its more traditional purpose as a burial site. He said: "The idea for this came to us in 1999, but it was impossible to get four stones that size safely off the moor in such a short period of time. But what's a year here or there when we are taking about 2,000 years?"
Source: BBC News (29 April 2003)
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