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Here’s Tintagel as depicted by William Trost Richards in 1879: wild, mysterious, accessed only via a small aesthetically unobtrusive bridge at low level:

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And here it is today, fully accessible (if you pay loads) via a high-level, avant garde bridge, justified on the grounds it “reinstates the original route when there was a natural connection” but which is entirely foreign to the monument. Who can pretend the essence of Tintagel has been “improved”?

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So it’s been made into a cash cow, by expert milkmaids, forced to be self-financing by the government. Which brings us to Stonehenge: if the A303 upgrade goes ahead English Heritage will have a virtual monopoly on seeing the stones and their visitor numbers and revenue will soar. Hence, despite their role as heritage guardians, they are telling everyone the work will “enhance” the monument!

Such a position might well be termed “Tintagelism”!

 

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