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Stonehenge from Amesbury Road” – from JMW Turner’s sketchbook, 1811

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If you intend to formally object to the short tunnel please hurry, time is now very short. Please stress that you are opposed to the loss of a precious cultural asset, the classic view of the stones, at the hands of the very bodies entrusted with its protection.

The distant prospect of the stones from the very spot Turner stood has thrilled countless millions of people, British and overseas, children and adults, for millennia. Its loss, using the patently forced and un-needed excuse that it would unify the landscape, is a bitter reminder of the mis-quoted quotation: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

If the worst did happen Turner’s 200 year old sketch would stay safe but would surely take on a new significance as a timeless, silent rebuke to our generation.

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