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Wiltshire walkabout (Easter part 2)

[19/4/3] Another cleanup day, another county. This time I was in the Avebury area, looking for a few of those less visited sites I hadn’t visited yet; some I had earmarked and a couple suggested to me.

I started off by parking in the Avebury carpark, surprised that they now charged. First stop was The Cove restoration, very interesting. I then walked down the West Kennet avenue and headed across the fields to my second stop, Falkner’s Circle. There I met another Megarak, armed with OS map, heading towards The Sanctuary. Personally I headed off to Mother’s Jam for my third stop, hoping to catch a glimpse of The Polisher. I got to MJ but failed to find The polisher. Next time gadget, next time.

So back to the car with 50 mins to spare on my ticket and I headed south past Adam’s Grave towards my fourth stop, Alton Priors church. The sarsens under the floorboards & the 1700 yr old yew made this well worth a visit! So back into the car and onto the days final site, Winterbourne Bassett. Another ruined site, but like most of my time on this trip I had it all to myself, which made this a good end to a lovely day (despite the biting wind!).

Avebury — Fieldnotes

[visited 19/4/3] Whilst in the area I thought I had better take a look at a genuine archaeological fiddle at The Cove, as these things are getting increasingly rare. I was disappointed to see no info board & no activity but the complex metal work around the stones was fairly entertaining. Lots of other intrigued looking people as well.

Falkner's Circle — Fieldnotes

[visited 19/4/3] Another ruined circle with Sarsens in hedge rows nearby and lonely survivors standing proud. Bizarre to find it so close to Avebury however, WK avenue is clearly visible, yet somehow seems to ignore this circle.

No purpose is apparent given the location, but who said anything had to make sense.

The Mother's Jam — Fieldnotes

[visited 19/4/3] An interesting and bracing walk from Avebury, especially with a fierce cold wind straight into your face for the majority of the walk. But cross the ridgeway and head down over the gallops into the fields of stone and the heart lifts.

I walked to the south of the copse, then round the back with the density of stones ever increasing. It was a cold day but I spent about an hour here, searching for the elusive Polisher. I had to give up in the end, if only cos my Avebury carpark ticket was in danger of running out. However I didn't go home entirely empty handed, I found two stones with holes in and a nice sense of well being.

Alton Priors — Fieldnotes

[visited 19/4/3] So first of all I went to the church in Alton Barnes, St Marys, which a pleasant enough Saxon church but not what I was looking for. A bit of intelligence took me to All Saints, the church in question located surprisingly in Alton Priors.

I can happily confirm it is indeed on a mound, there is a 1700 year old yew tree in the churchyard (according to the certificate inside the church) and there are indeed sarsens under the floor boards. The church is no longer used but is still consecrated and is maintained by The Churches Conservation Trust.

I was pondering on how I was gonna find the sarsens, but one is located to the right as you enter the church, under a handy trapdoor. I presume one is located under another trapdoor near the altar, but someone seems to have built a plywood stage over it...

This is well worth a visit if you are in the area and (I think) is open everyday in the summer. There is a note on the door telling you where to get the key from if its locked.

Winterbourne Bassett — Fieldnotes

[visited 19/4/3] Yet another hacked apart site with only sporadic clues left as to what on earth was actually here. It’s easy enough to find due to the large stone standing defiantly by the side of the road. I found further stones in the hedgerow & field to the North, where the OS map marks a few stones. My notes say 6 or 7 in hedge & 5 in the field, the OS map has 7 in the field.

As to what I think was here, well... 3 in the field seem to be in an arc, giving the other two as outliers or even a row. Presumably the howevermany in the hedge were dragged there from the field. And the one by the road?

One final note, I _think_ you could see Avebury from the one by the road.

Alton Priors — Images

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24th April 2003ce
Edited 24th April 2003ce

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