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m6
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Re: Circles under churches
Nov 27, 2005, 16:34
"It chimes with two of my fantasies. ;)
That Silbury III was a huge high-tech statement of domination by invaders, who sought to build their symbol right on top of the low-tech temple of the losers, Silbury II, entombing their deity forever and using the poor sods as slave labour to do it...
and that Stonehenge was nicked en masse from Avebury and reworked and re-erected elsewhere, again as an act of exquisite humiliation.
Humans can be very unkind."

true. the notion of invasions has given way to ideas of cultural change. Avebury and Stonehenge are monuments within a clear tradition; Silbury too, if we consider Merlin's Mound at Marlborough as a related form?
m6
32 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 27, 2005, 16:40
"There's also a sarsen in the foundations at the back of Avebury church and several in the church foundations at Cliff Pypard. Seems like the phenomena is pretty wide spread - question is why :-)"

well, i'll be on the case - as soon as i've shaken this ruddy cold!

:-|
m6
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Re: Circles under churches
Nov 27, 2005, 16:45
"...prehistoric trade route from Seahenge to Avebury.

"Peddars Way -> Ickneild Way -> Ridgeway."

yes indeed ... flint, indeed - and gatherings?
m6
32 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 27, 2005, 16:46
"...prehistoric trade route from Seahenge to Avebury.

"Peddars Way -> Ickneild Way -> Ridgeway."

yes indeed ... flint, indeed - and gatherings?
m6
32 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 27, 2005, 16:47
"...prehistoric trade route from Seahenge to Avebury.

"Peddars Way -> Ickneild Way -> Ridgeway."

yes indeed ... flint, indeed - and gatherings?
m6
32 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 27, 2005, 16:58
"The church is in Bramshaw and is dedicated to St Peter. It's full of yews (natch) and I was half expecting to find a well in the grounds! The map ref, according to one website that mentions the church, is SU264166, for anyone interested (and, no - it's NOT marked as a barrow on the map)"

there seems to be something here - but is this well ancient or merely old?

'Hampshire Treasures: Volume 5 ( New Forest), Page 24 - Bramshaw, Entry 01
Group D - Buildings, Monuments and Engineering Works
Well
Irons. Old Healing Well, name taken from the colour of its water. Square in plan and lined with timber. Originally a pond for the gun-powder mills at Eyeworth. O.S.A. SU21 SW2.
SU 229 147'

http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/avenue/pd49/places/wells/hantswel.htm
dee
dee
1919 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 15:40
Does anyone have any info re circles/stones under London churches?
ocifant
ocifant
1760 posts

Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 16:25
I've no info to hand, but it might help if you can define what you mean by 'London':
The City?
The Boroughs?
Inside the M25?

Don't forget that the vast majority of the churches in Inner London are less that 200 years old, with a few notabel exceptions (e.g. St Pauls).
Rhiannon
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Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 16:31
Also London was pretty squishy for a long time.
goffik
goffik
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Re: Circles under churches
Nov 28, 2005, 16:40
Hi, m6! Thanks for looking into this...

I stumbled across that snippet on my search for more info, but unfortunately, the well is about 2 miles from teh church, so I don't think it's connected...

A friend of mine projected a line along a row of barrows with hillforts at teh end, and the church sits snugly slap-bang in the middle of them!

A conversation on this board a little while ago suggested the alignments were so due to trade routes or just the quickest point between 2 places, so I don't wanna go into any more "leyline" topics! So the church looks like it COULD have been built on something older - be it a fort, barrow, or whatever, due to it's crossing point of 2 old routes!

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