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Devil's Den

Chambered Tomb

Devil's Den (Chambered Tomb) by Rhiannon From volume three of John Britton's 'The Beauties of Wiltshire' (1825).
Rhiannon Image Credit: J Britton
Posted by Rhiannon
16th December 2014ce
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Comments (2)

This is a very interesting illustration. I was under the impression that Devil's Den had been erroneously restored as a cromlech in the early 1920s - in fact it looks fairly close to how it looked in 1825 so perhaps the 'well-intentioned antiquary' who restored it didn't get it so wrong after all. tjj Posted by tjj
16th December 2014ce
And that's a very interesting observation, June.

In fact, I was just assuming it is the Devil's Den, it doesn't say that. But then how many 'cromlechs' are or were there on the Marlborough Downs to confuse it with? So perhaps it is.

Perhapsyyou've made an observation that no-one else has thought of! Maybe everyone else sticks to the received wisdom that it was totally messed about with, without checking. Interesting stuff.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th December 2014ce
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