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Tinto Hill has long been associated with fire and fire festivals. Indeed it was suggested that the name Tinto meant 'the hill of fire'.

Its associations with fire were thought to have originated in pagan ceremonies, including Beltane fires. It was also one of the sites at which beacons were to be lit in the event of invasion.

Tinto also featured in popular legend. In the words of the 'Imperial Gazetteer'; 'the fame of the top of Tinto was also embalmed long ago, and continues to be well preserved, in several sets of curious popular rhymes – all, however, so destitute of point or beauty as to give us no temptation to quote them.'

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