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Old Man of Storr (Natural Rock Feature)

Martin Junius' PhotoLog

Some beautiful photographs of Storr.

The Maidens (Natural Rock Feature)

Isle of Skye Accommodation

Another picture of the Maidens - scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Shorefield House

This web-page has a picture of the Maidens.

Penshaw Hill (Hillfort)

The Internet Sacred Text Archive

This version of the tale of the Lambton Worm, from Edwin Sidney Hartland's 1890 English Fairy and Other Folk Tales also makes no mention of Penshaw Hill. It is notable for the poem it contains, in which the worm's death is described: I have never encountered this particular version anywhere else.

Hasting Hill (Round Barrow(s))

Jake's Rides

A photograph of Hasting Hill.

Penshaw Hill (Hillfort)

Northumberland Grid For Learning

You've not heard the tale of the Lambton Worm until you've heard it. Every child in the north-east knows it because of the famous song, written by C.M. Leumane in 1867 for a pantomime that was performed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, at the Tyne Theatre. This website features a recording of the song, as sung by the children of Stobhillgate First School, in Morpeth, Northumberland. Spoken versions of the song's lyrics are also available, in both the Northumbrian and the Geordie accent, as well as standard English. These files are fairly large, and take some time to download, so you'll need to be patient. I should point out that the storytellers in the spoken versions have drastically slowed down the fast pace of their natural speech in order to make it easier for non-natives to understand. Also bear in mind that the website is an educational resource for schools, and so is aimed at children. This means that the tale is illustrated with cartoon-style animations, and also that the song can only be heard a verse at a time. Although this can be slightly annoying, the site is still well worth investigating, if you've never heard the tale of the Lambton Worm (or the true pronunciation of the name Penshah!).

The Twelve Apostles of Ilkley Moor (Stone Circle)

Old Yorkshire

The Twelve Apostles by Brian Barker - this short article refers to theories from Bradford University which state that this monument had astronomical uses, and briefly describes the involvement of 17th Century Masons in its reconstruction.

The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle)

Sacred Texts

English Fairy and Other Folk Tales, by Edwin Sidney Hartland [1890].
The tale of a farmer who moved one of these stones - his meddling is disastrous in the short-term though worth it in the long run.

Callanish (Standing Stones)

British Archaeology Magazine

'Calanais' Meets The Olde Tea-Shoppe, an essay by Aubrey Burl, from British Archaeology Magazine, protesting at changes to the traditional names of stone circles. Burl argues that Callanish is the true name of this site, and that Calanais is "a whimsicality".

Temple of Sulis (Sacred Well)

The Official Roman Baths Museum Website

This site, unsurprisingly, has a bit of a preoccupation with all things Roman, but is nevertheless filled with useful information.

Penshaw Hill (Hillfort)

Mysterious Britain

A prose version of the tale of the Lambton Worm. This is particularly interesting as it makes no mention at all of Penshaw Hill, associating the Worm, rather, with Worm's Hill, Worm Rock and Worm's Well.

Northumberland (County)

County Durham Sites & Monuments Register

An excellent resource. Details of monuments and archaeological finds from all historic periods in County Durham are available here.

Stonehenge and its Environs

William Stukeley's "Stonehenge - A Temple Restor'd To The British Druids"

This legendary (and legendarilly expensive) book is available here free as two PDF files.

Witton Gilbert Ring Cairn (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

The Old Fulling Mill Museum Of Archaeology

A picture of the largest carved stone can be seen here.
Long, long, long gone.

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