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Re: Developments at Avebury
Nov 22, 2011, 15:04
VBB wrote:
tjj wrote:
[quote="Sanctuary"]I would like to ask an 'Avebury' question. In the Alexander Keiller Museum it says that one of the worst offenders for smashing up the stones was someone from Berwick Bassett and I noticed on my last walk that the church at Berwick Bassett is built of sarsen. Does anyone know know if these were Avebury stones?


I think this is perhaps a reference to Caleb Baily, owner of BB manor, but the sarsen nave there was constructed centuries prior to the birth of any of the named stone breakers.


In my reply elsewhere I pointed out that Baily was a non-conformist so the sarsens he harvested weren't destined for the church, but of course he promised to stop taking sarsen when threated by the Antiquaries so having taken fright may have abandoned or even buried sarsens that may have ended up being used when the church was rebuilt during the Gothic Revival. An interesting question - have to look at Mr Wyatt's plans.
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