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New: Article on the Medieval minsters of Beverley, Rippon and York, submitted by Stuart Sharp.

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We've added lots more images. Check out the new photos on our Roman history site, such as Hadrian's Wall. Great new photos of Stonehenge and Avebury are on megalithic sites


Our castles pictures and notes have been updated with Farleigh Hungerford Castle. A full list of the historical galleries we have on line is also available now.

British megalithic sites

West Kennet Long Barrow gives you an opportunity to get over this impression. More or less just across the (former Roman) road from Silbury Hill, West Kennet provides an opportunity to climb all over and to enter an excavated long barrow.

The entrance is partly covered by large stones. Inside, there is an entrance passage, from which smaller roughly circular chambers can be accessed. There is an irritating glass block ceiling at one point, which does allow you enough light to explore without a torch. People seem to like leaving occasional offerings of flowers, which you may find ludicrous or moving depending on your mood.

It is a pretty magical experience in any case, especially if you have never been inside a barrow before and have come from Avebury Rings and Silbury Hill.

The White Horse at Uffington is also at the centre of a wealth of prehistoric sites. There are lots of white horses and figures cut into the chalk downs. Many are purely fakes from the past couple of centuries. All have been altered over time, due to the fact that the shapes would soon become overgrown or eroded if efforts were not made to keep them clear.

This is the ultimate white horse. A few simple curves making an elegant almost abstract horse shape. Bits are wearing away so you have to keep away from parts of the site. The view is brilliant and the surrounding countryside is beautiful, in an odd Wiltshire way.



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