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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

Maiden Castle - Ancient Hill fort in DorsetThis countryside includes a nearby hillfort and the Ridgeway. The Ridgeway runs for a long distance across Southern England through countryside designated as being of outstanding natural beauty.

Stoney Littleton Long BarrowThe Ridgeway Path nmay be the oldest road in the world. The Wiltshire section of the Ridgeway runs from Overton Hill, near Avebury, to Ivinghoe Beacon, near Tring. It crosses the Wessex Downs and the Chilterns, passing close by 3 hill forts, Wayland's Smithy and the White Horse.

Wayland's Smithy, after which Mr Burn's sycophantic assistant in the Simpsons must be named, is a burial mound barrow. 22 bodies were found. The layout follows the pattern of an inner entrance way with small chambers at each side.

The name comes from a mistaken association with a Saxon god of metalworking, but this may reflect a prior association with a god with a similar domain. There are good details in / majorsites / waylands_smithy.html

This is a really good site, despite not being a barrow (such as West Kennet) that you can enter and walk round. You can still get into it and have a good look around.



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