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This stone at Fiddler’s Hill, close to Winterbourne Bassett and overlooked by The Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs is probably a boundary marker. It doesn’t truly qualify for featuring here as it can’t be shown to have been of significance in prehistoric times.

Nevertheless it has a certain charm and commands attention, partly stemming perhaps from the fact it is the only upstanding feature for some distance in these flat fields, a fact not lost on the locals who leave liberal marks of their visits…

There’s something else about it.  It was on that very part of the downs in the background, Hackpen Hill, that in 1645 John Aubrey, “discoverer” of  Avebury was told of sightings of fairies. All nonsense of course.  Although… upon examining our photographs we could almost believe a ghostly creature was dancing across the top of the stone!

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