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Posted on August 25, 2019 by Sioux under General
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We found the Avebury Henge without much difficulty and stopped off for ice-creams and a walkabout.  Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three very large stone circles, around the village of Avebury.

 

Henges are intriguing monuments built around 4,000 – 5,000 years ago. Built roughly circular, they usually have an embankment outside of a ditch. No one has ever been able to define the exact use or reasoning behind the stone circles although there are many varied explanations. Avebury contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world, and is much bigger in size than Stonehenge, although Stonehenge has taller stones but closer together.

 

Trying to get an image of all the stones is nigh on impossible, as they are spaced so widely apart.

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A stone dovecote, with 15 tiers of nest boxes in the interior, was erected in the grounds somewhere around 1533-1569. Pigeons and doves were an important food source during those times and were kept for their eggs, flesh, and dung. 

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Avebury Manor & Garden is an early-16th-century manor house and garden. Located in the centre of the village next to St James’s Church, it is close to the Avebury stones, and historical records suggest that the house was purchased at the time because of an interest its owner had in ancient monuments.

 

The manor house was built on or near the site of a Benedictine priory, with fragments of the religious foundations being incorporated into the house. The manor house is no longer privately owned and despite reputedly being haunted, is open to the general public.

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The Church of St James, which was known as All Saints’ back in the 13th century, and some areas of the church date back to 1000 AD, or even earlier, making it the oldest building on this historic site.

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Unfortunately, our time constraints prevented any further exploration of the church, the gardens or the house, and we headed off to the home of photography – Lacock Abbey. 


Another place I had visited previously, but ran out of exploration time, so today I was glad of having more time – or so I thought.

Founded in 1232 as a nunnery of the Augustinian order, Lacock Abbey remained a nunnery until the 16th century.

 

A stone house was built over the old cloisters, with the main living area on the upper floors.

 

Over the years the many architectural alterations, additions, and renovations have resulted in a mish-mash of different periods and styles, still with the initial stone slated roofs, twisted chimney stacks and mullioned windows.

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Unfortunately, my hopes of exploring further were dashed as the fire alarms started sounding and the building was evacuated.

 

We hung around for a while but after being told that the curators had no idea when the ‘all safe’ would be given, we chose to take to the road again, and headed to our next destination.

 

Enroute, we stopped off at a client of mine for a quick visit, bought the necessary supplies from the local shops, and then took to the road again, heading for Glastonbury, well known for its annual festival. 

Lacock Abbey also became known as the ‘home of the birth of photography’ when Henry Fox Talbot, responsible for developing the three primary elements of photography (developing, fixing, and printing) took what may be the earliest surviving photographic camera negative, an image of one of the windows, while he was living there in 1835.

The cloisters at Lacock Abbey have been used in a number of films including some of the Harry Potter series.

The window made famous by Henry Fox Talbot

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2 responses to “Road trips and adventures #4 – myths, legends and a touch of history!”

  1. Pauline says:

    Morning.
    Hope you enjoyed your travels.
    Now back to work.

  2. Cheyrl Wilkinson says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics and info S!
    I love your blogs!

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