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Cerne Abbas Giant (Hill Figure) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Glastonbury Tor (Sacred Hill) — News

Purple paint vandals target Tor


The tower on top of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset has been covered in purple paint and had graffiti daubed on its flagstones.
The National Trust, which owns and maintains the Tor, said it was "dismayed" after spending more than £500,000 recently on its restoration.

The Trust said the southern face of St Michael's Tower had been targeted during Sunday night.

The group Fathers 4 Justice said one of its sympathisers was responsible.

Andrew Mayled, National Trust Somerset property manager, said: "This is a terrible case of vandalism to the Tor.

"Glastonbury Tor is a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance and this wanton vandalism is the equivalent of desecrating Stonehenge.

"As a charity, we will now need to expend our valuable time and resources attempting to restore the Tor to its former appearance.

"First impressions suggest that the still-wet paint used to vandalise the Tor is a water-based paint and we hope we will be able to begin removing it on Monday without damaging the monument.

"However, access to the top of the Tor is very difficult for vehicles and we will need to look at how we get pressure-washing equipment to the top of the Tor."

Last year, the Trust completed a £540,000 five-year restoration plan of the tower and Tor. Avon and Somerset Police said the incident had not been formally reported to them, and that they could not therefore comment.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/7022154.stm

Cerne Abbas Giant (Hill Figure) — News

Giant daubed by 'vigilante'


http://www.thisisdorset.net/display.var.1645001.0.giant_daubed_by_vigilante.php

RESIDENTS living close to the Cerne Abbas Giant are angry with campaigners after the famous landmark was vandalised.

A man from the Fathers 4 Justice group, which campaigns against family law favouring mothers, is thought to be behind the 40ft penis on the National Trust site being painted purple. The landmark was targeted overnight between Friday and Saturday by someone describing himself as the Westcountry's 'Purple Phantom'.

Cerne Abbas Parish Council chairman Peter Smith said: "This is particularly irritating because it has happened inside the enclosure that protects the giant.
The land there is sacrosanct because it is a special site. We don't want people damaging it for obvious reasons."

Purple is the international colour for equality.

Written beside the giant were the words Read Family Court Hell' - a reference to a recently published book by Fathers 4 Justice campaigner Mark Harris.

The action follows a rash of purple doors being painted on to the offices of Cafcass, the court welfare service, in the Westcountry in recent weeks.

And it is not the first time the Cerne Abbas Giant has been targeted in the name of publicity. In July cartoon character Homer Simpson was painted next to the giant to promote the new Simpsons film. Mr Smith said residents had not objected to that because it had not damaged the 180ft carving - believed to aid fertility - and had brought more people to the area to visit.

A Fathers 4 Justice spokesman said: "We have no idea who this man is, but clearly he is a sympathiser to our cause, has read a book that has made him very angry. He sounds like a vigilante."

The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Links

Trinny and susannah at the Long Man of Wilmington - Day 1


This You Tube presentation covers the first day of filming on the figure, including evidence of irresponsible practices on the part of ITV.

The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Images

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Windover Bowl Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Images

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Hunter's Burgh (Long Barrow) — Images

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Hunter's Burgh (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Hunter's Burgh lies right on one of the major corners on the Downs, with views to east and west that disappear as soon as one travels either way. It has a clear shape from three sides, particularly approaching from the top of the hill. From the north, down the slope, the edge is very unclear and seems teardrop shaped.

To the East lies Eastbourne, and above it the Neolithic Combe Hill Causwayed Camp with its associated round barrows. to the west Firle Beacon, with its Long Barrow, and Mount Caburn, with its Iron Age hill fort and possible earlier use in the Bronze Age.

This is the largest barrow on Wilmington Hill. If I am right about the barrows on the summit they may only be smaller due to ploughing out, or similar activity, as they lie on level ground. Hunter's Burgh's saving grace may have been the slope it lies upon, suited only to grazing.

Or maybe it was always the largest, in which case why so far down the hill?

Hunter's Burgh (Long Barrow) — Images

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Wilmington Hill Barrow Cemetery (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Wilmington Hill Barrow Cemetery (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

This cemetery is not marked on OS maps. It lies around the trig-station on the summit of Wilmington Hill, consisting of one definite round barrow to the west of it and two more possible barrows to the east.

Windover Bowl Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Windover Hill Eastern Round Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Windover Hill Eastern Round Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

This barrow is the usual size for a round barrow in this part of Sussex. It is worthy of note for lying so close to the Bowl Barrow and apparently in line with the eastern stave of the Long Man.

Windover Bowl Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Windover Long Mound (Long Barrow) — Images

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Windover Hill western-slope Barrow Cemetery (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Windover Hill western-slope Barrow Cemetery (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

This pair of possible round barrows, just north of the South Downs Way as it approaches the Cursus, merits further investigation. They certainly comform to the normal shape of round barrow remains in this neck of the woods, but are not marked on the OS map.

Windover Cursus — Images

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The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Images

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Hunter's Burgh (Long Barrow) — Images

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The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Images

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The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Miscellaneous

'Pro-hunt slogan burnt into landmark hillside'
Evening Argus 15/9/04

Hunt supporters burned the words No Ban into grassland beside the famous Long Man of Wilmington. The 235ft downland chalk figure at Wilmington, near Eastbourne, was one of 14 countryside spots across the UK targeted by the Countryside Alliance. Round bales of hay were used to scorch the earth with 20m-high words ahead of today's debate by MPs to outlaw hunting with dogs.

In a move designed to stoke up support for their campaign, the group sought permission from landowners before making their stand. Organiser James Hallett said East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was notified in advance and the fire was started about ten yards left of the Long Man. He said: "This was a signal to the Government we are coming for them. They have bitten off more than they can chew this time. The Government has chosen the path of prejudice and spite. The reaction it unleashes will be its own responsibility. The lighting of the No Ban fires are our signal to this Government that we will not be beaten by such bigotry and intolerance."

Firefighters in East Sussex received several calls from people driving along the A27 as the controlled fire was started. A fire brigade spokesman said: "Once we realised it was controlled burning, we just let it run its course and stuck around to make sure it didn't spread."

It is not the first time the ancient Long Man has been targeted. In July, vandals defaced the chalk figure with obscenities and anti-war slogans. A large appendage was added and slogans scrawled on the surrounding grass. However, the visual impact of the site has also been used to highlight charities and campaigns from National Hospice Month to World Sight Day.

The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — News

Apology to Pagans over Long Man stunt


Sussex Express 18/7/07:

THE SUSSEX Archaeological Society has apologised to protesters after they allowed a controversial stunt by ITV to give the Long Man of Wilmington a sex change.
ITV and the archaeological society caused fury among Pagans and other protesters when they allowed fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah to add breasts and pigtails to the figure many believe is sacred.

As part of the programme, Trinny and Susannah Undress, ITV asked woman dressed in white to lie on the figure to create the transformation.

Chief Executive Office of the organisation, John Manley, said: 'The Sussex Archaeological Society would like to apologise to representatives of the Pagan community, or any other individual or groups, who might have been offended by recent television filming on the Long Man of Wilmington.

'It was not the society's intention to cause offence.

'The society is proud of its curation of the Long Man.

'In future the society will consult representatives of the Pagan community and other interested parties before sanctioning any significant activities.'

Newell Fisher was one of the protesters against the stunt and has now helped form a campaign group, Guardians of the Long Man.

As archaeological liaison officer of that group Mr Fisher said: 'We look forward to working with the Sussex Archaeological Society to help ensure the future welfare of the site.

'Our confidence in their custodianship has been restored.'

He said the protesters would continue their fight to stop the footage of the stunt being aired.

He said: 'We are absolutely determined this footage should not be shown as we feel it will encourage anti-social behaviour on the site.

'We heard people say they were going up there directly after the filming as the activities seem to make people think it is ok an we are extremely concerned about this.'

The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Links

Pagans protest at Trinny & Suzanna TV show


This is the You Tube video of the protest at the Long Man of Wilmington on Monday 2nd July 2007, against the stunt that involved 100+ women trampling all over the Long Man for the TV show "Trinny and Susannah Undress"

Sussex Archeaological Society


This is the information page on the Long Man of Wilmington on the Sussex Archaeological Society website.

The Long Man of Wilmington (Hill Figure) — Images

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Avebury (Stone Circle) — Images

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Chûn Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Chun Castle (Hillfort) — Images

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I am an Atheist Naturalist Humanist Neo-Pagan Ritualist Revivalist Philosophical Druid (Yes that title is tongue-in-cheek), living and practising in Sussex.

The Long Man of Wilmington is a site of great importance for me and was the first with which I feel I connected spiritually. In 1998 I started walking extensively in the area of the Long Man as well as taking an interest in its history.

Both my grandfathers died in early 1999 (See my fieldnotes on Windmill Hill). As a way of honouring them, between April 1999 and August 2000 I walked the route from Eastbourne, in East Sussex, to The Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire, via the South Down's Way, Winchester Cathedral, the Clarendon Way, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, the Vale of Pewsey, Avebury and the Ridgeway.
The walk also took in visits to both of their graves, in Sussex and Wiltshire, en route.

In 2001 I extended this walk from Salisbury Cathedral, West to Wells Cathedral and then on to Glastonbury Tor.

Nearly all of my earlier pictures were taken during these walks and I tend to focus, overall, on Sussex and the South Downs.

In recent years I have also taken an interest in Ireland, as marrying into an Irish family does tend to mean one visits the place from time to time!

Although I have become an atheist, I still class myself as a Pagan. This can give rise to interesting discussions!

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