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We hear The National Trust is angling to get money from anyone who sells photographs of places like Avebury. 

A worrying attitude for a public charity to suddenly claim rights over open air public assets that have been standing there for millennia, especially as a new or intensified policy.  And dangerous, for where will it end? If they’re stepping up efforts to claim payments from professionals isn’t it a small and logical step to try to do the same thing to amateurs? They are suddenly declaring the stones are in their own beneficial ownership, after all…

We do hope this isn’t the shape of things to come!

 

The Cove

We see trouble ahead. Look at that chap…. is he a professional or an amateur? And does it matter? Is he doing any harm? And is he taking something that belongs to the National Trust?  

It’s not their notice of course, it’s ours. But it makes a point and begs a question –

When does guardianship become scary?

Considered by some to be Britain’s largest prehistoric complex yet far less visited than Stonehenge or Avebury, Stanton Drew contains three stone circles (including the second largest in England), two stone avenues, a cove and a massive outlier. Recent geophysical research has revealed that the Great Circle is itself surrounded by a very large ditch 440 ft in diameter and contains a highly elaborate pattern of buried pits that once held massive posts arranged in nine concentric rings.

 

Remains of Avenue leading up to the Circle

Remains of Avenue leading up to the Circle

 

Professor Burl has written of the site:

Midsummer processions and ceremonies may be imagined, rituals by moonlight celebrated by hundreds of people from the countryside, assembling for reasons long forgotten but preserved silently in the stones themselves….

 

On the evening of May 6 there is a rare opportunity to visit the site and to explore it in the company of a local historian, Colin Budge.

 

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