Stonehenge UK

Stonehenge

It's Neolithic, it's aligned with the Summer and Winter Solstices, and it's part of a much bigger complex of avenues and ancient sites - beyond that, nobody really has a clue. There was no TV or decent food, golf hadn't been invented yet - maybe it was just something to do. The latest theory is that it was built by Kodak as a long-term investment.

Making a henge

First, find some large pieces of stone, ideally about 4 tons each.You'll need about eighty of these. Drag them on wooden rollers all the way from the Prescelly Mountains in Wales (about 240 miles) and place them upright in a field. Job done!

Woodhenge

If this is too much hassle, just use wood instead, as the builders of Woodhenge did.

Mudhenge

Mudhenge

Obviously, mud is not the ideal material for henge-building. but you have to start somewhere, and before Stonehenge, before even Woodhenge, came Mudhenge. Archaeologists are still searching for the exact location.

Great video of henges

The henge today

The henge is still with us today. Spinal Tap used its archetypal power to bring a sense of mystery and channel the ancient forces of neolithic times into their stage show. When the scale drawings were misinterpreted - Nigel Tufnel was always a misunderstood genius - the results were less than epic. A mighty construction was lowered onto the stage amidst the swirling dry ice - but it wasn't very big after all.

More Henges

Not too far from Stonehenge is Avebury stone circle, which goes through and around the village of Avebury. It's a National Trust site with free access and in some ways is as impressive as Stonehenge - a stone circle on a massive scale. If you're visiting the UK, it's a great place to see, and it's very close to Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, all neolithic era monuments.

This area is just off the A4 from Bath to London, so might be convenient for visitors as a stop on the way.

Also in the village is an ancient manor house and a good cafe/restaurant called The Stones. A great (free) place for children to have a run around while you listen to your Spinal Tap albums and channel the mystic energies said to possess the site.

As it's much less famous than it's brother henge, there will be less people in the way.

The Ring of Brodgar in Orkney might be the prototype for all henges: definitely no crowds there. And no buses.

The Comedy henge

Is there any other sort? Tony Iommi, guitar player with Black Sabbath, was interviewed tonight on the BBC - and let slip that the full-size replica of Stonehenge that Black Sabbath had commissioned for their US tour (in the 70s?) is still languishing somewhere in the US, because they literally could not give it away!!!

Where is it now? As the connections with Spinal Tap are so strong, it must be a historical icon in its own right now. And it's not very small.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Love this hub! I loved henges! When I was in England I was fortunate to visit Stonehenge, Avebury and Castlerigg. Castlerigg is my favorite because of the landscape. Takes my breath away! I have quite a few UK hubs since I married an Englishman from Bristol. :)


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Jon Green 7 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK Author

Thanks KCC - never been to Castlerigg so I'll check it out. Really like your hubs - I've seen the innocent smoothies van - that was a good way to spend an advertising budget!

Check out Bill Bailey on youtube, you'll love his condensed version of how bonkers English people are - we crave disappointment!

By the way, there isn't really a Mudhenge.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

We have our own mini Stonehenge in Texas. I haven't gone to see it yet, but I have pictures and a YouTube video of it in my hub about "The 10 Off-Beat Places to Visit in Texas".

I've seen some of Bill Bailey's stuff. He is funny.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Great hub - Stonehenge is on every tourist's list and I loved it!

Wasn't Spinal Tap the one in which it was supposed to be many feet high and ended up being a few inches high?


Jon Green 7 years ago

Hi Shalini - thanks a lot.

Yes, Spinal tap designed a replica - the measurements were in metres not inches, but Nigel weren't the brightest tool in the box. Some people make amps now that really do go up to 11! So that was one idea who's time has come.


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hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

This is a great Hub on Stonehenge. I have always wanted to visit there, and I will when I hit the lottery. HE HE Thank you for sharing!


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Jon Green 4 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK Author

Stonehenge is high on the tourist list - for me,it's been spoiled a bit by all the security and fences. Avebury is a good (free) alternative.


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mbwalz 3 years ago from Maine

These are really cool. When I was 13, my mom gave me an archeology book on Avebury and Stonehenge. While I've not seen these sites, I've seen other prehistoric sites in Corsica. They are fabulous. Always make me wonder what they thought as they looked into the starry sky! Thanks for sharing!


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Jon Green 3 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK Author

Hi - I was in Avebury the day before yesterday. Winter is a good time as it's quiet, it's well worth seeing.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful pictures, brother. I hope I can go there someday. Voted up :-)


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Jon Green 3 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK Author

Thanks prasetio. Good luck with your hubbing!

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