Posted by: travelrat | July 4, 2011

Travelling Thru History: Stonehenge & Old Sarum

For the second day of our exploration of the Great Stones, the weather improved dramatically. And, being Monday, the buses are a lot more frequent, so Ruth arrived on my doorstep just as we were finishing breakfast.

Our first call was at Durrington Walls and Woodhenge. There isn’t much to see there, apart from the Walls themselves, and you need to be told this is the largest circular henge in the world, otherwise, it’s just an insignificant earth bank. Likewise Woodhenge … just concrete markers showing where the wooden posts used to be. Indeed, as I’ve said in earlier posts, Woodhenge wasn’t even known about till 1926.

But, a lot went on here in ancient times. I did once hear an interesting theory the Woodhenge was a temple to the living, and Stonehenge a temple to the dead, and ceremonial ways to the river linked both.

Mind you, a noted archaeologist once said (with a broad grin) ‘If we don’t know what it was for, we usually say it was ‘probably ceremonial’’

What is there to say about Stonehenge that I haven’t said already?

I did manage to get some more photographs, but the viewpoints are rather limited, especially if you want to exclude most of the tourists. If you want to set up a special out-of-hours photo-shoot, and actually enter the circle, it can be arranged, but English Heritage will charge an arm, a leg and your first-born child for it.

Ruth particularly wanted to see the castle remains at Old Sarum, for she’s writing a historical novel which is set there. You see, it wasn’t only the castle which was located there; it was the original site of the city of Salisbury (or, ‘Searobryg’ as it was known in those days). All that remains of it, apart from the remnant of the castle walls is the foundations of the Cathedral. But, there are lots of information boards, showing how they might have looked in those days.


And, if you can’t come to England to see the stones right now, have a look at the ‘Clonehenge’ blog. The latest Stonehenge replica has just been finished in Australia.


  1. I love your blog 🙂

  2. Thank you for the link! I’ll have to try looking around your blog and doing a little vicarious travel through you!

  3. Spectacular. I really hope to see it one day!

  4. Hi Keith,
    There certainly are a lot of theory’s behind Stonehenge, and each different theory does have some merit, but I think it will be forever an ancient mystery unless something else comes to light.
    I love your photo’s, I would really love to see this for myself, I love a mystery. 🙂

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