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  1. K Corkery says:

    Silbury Hill

    Can anyone tell me how Silbury Hill connects to Avebury/Stone Henge.

    I feel it is Mother natures womb – but I have been told it was placed there for ceremonial purposes.

  2. Ian Topham says:

    As far as I am aware no-one can really state what was planned by ancient man when they created these monuments.  They were also made in phases, so it was probably a developing scheme over many centuries.  If you check out the Wiltshire map it will show their relative position to each other.

    • K Corkery says:

      Thanks – I visit a lot, one

      Thanks – I visit a lot, one of the many wonders we will never quite understand.

      If I am honest, that is what I love about it.


  3. Ian Topham says:

    Record Visitor Figures
    On the morning of 21st June 2009 a record number of 36,000 visitors amassed at Stonehenge to witness the sunrise at Summer Solstice. 

  4. Seannachaidh says:

    I’m a Druid, but never felt

    I’m a Druid, but never felt the need to go to Stonehenge for midsummer.  As far as I am concerned, going there to do honour to the ancestors was better on a quiet day, and I in no way acted as if the circles were a Druidic artefact.  Many insist they are though, and a large proportion of the crowds would have been Druids.  I am assuming it’s because some Druid orders were founded in the Celtic Rennaissance period when people thought anything ancient was either Roman or Druid.  So there is a custom for doing so going back a couple of hundred years, I suppose.

    I am not sure why Druids are so keen to have their rituals there; the coming of the Celts and Druids brought improvements which made circle building obsolete, as well as changes in burial/ancestor worship customs.  Even so, I read of many Druids that use circles at festival times, and even build new ones in their gardens.  I suppose it is a way to connect with the past, but it isn’t a Druid past, as most insist, it’s a more ancient past. 

    Anyway.  I go to the woods for religious festivals.

  5. Admin says:

    Re: Stonehenge
    One from our Facebook Group:

    "I just picked up yet another book on the unexplained and read a tale … one i hadn’t heard before.

    In August 1971 a group of (book calls them hippies) people were camping in the center of the circle, at 2pm there was a violent storm and the rain lashed down on the camp .
    Big bolts of lightening struck the ground some of them reportedly struck the stones, and the henge was said to have an Erie blue glow.

    Two onlookers, a farmer and a policeman had to look away as the glow got to intense, They heard terrible screams and when they looked back the campers they had vanished ! All that remained was the smoking pegs of the tent and the campfire.

    A more detailed account can be found here."

  6. Daniel Parkinson says:

    Re: Stonehenge
    It’s quite detailed and would suggest that the witnesses were there to see the people set up camp, build a campfire and smoke joints then eventually disappear at 2am. So whoever wrote the account was either there, made up some details from the witness accounts, or it is a tall tale – probably worthy of a bit more research though – just to find out where it came from.

  7. scottishrowan says:

    Re: Stonehenge
    I pleased to see the comment from a Druid…….it is something that has always puzzled me, the modern druids claiming Stonehenge as their own…..also the demanding of special rights and priveledges because it’s their "ancestral" place of worship!!!!!

  8. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Stonehenge
    According to figures quoted in the Western Daily Press on 28 April 2011, over the past five years Stonehenge has taken more than £30 million in tourism income, about £6 million per annum, whilst costing the taxpayers just £2.4 million.