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The Wiltshire Downs, looking towards Avebury from Alton Priors. Winter 2011.
Image credit and © Willow

The Watchstone, Stenness. Image credit and © Chris Brooks

Clava Cairns. Image credit and © Chris Brooks


Image credit and © Chris Brooks 

Stanton Drew
Image credit and © Littlestone

Emma’s Grove Round Barrows, Gloucestershire
Image credit and © C. Brooks

Image credit Moss

Salisbury Plain by John Piper
BLOWS the wind to-day, and the sun and the rain are flying,
Blows the wind on the moors to-day and now,
Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying,
My heart remembers how!

Grey recumbent tombs of the dead in desert places.
Standing stones on the vacant wine-red moor,
Hills of sheep, and the homes of silent, vanquished races,
And winds austere and pure:

Be it granted to me to behold you again in dying,
Hills of home! And to hear again the call;
Hear about the graves of the martyrs the peewees crying,
And hear no more at all.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

The Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum has an, “…extensive range of paintings, prints and drawings of the monument. These include some of the earliest known depictions of the stone circle, as well as works by contemporary artists.”
Featured on the Museum’s website here – are some fifty illustrations, each with accompanying background information.


     ” Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always
        been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

      – Henry James


February 2023

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