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Re: Developments at Avebury
Jul 10, 2012, 12:04
Re: Modern Avebury by Ronald Hutton.

Professor Hutton writes -

“Between 1841 and 1871 the population of the [Avebury] settlement virtually doubled, so that it pressed even harder on the ancient remains. Small wonder that visiting antiquarians began to refer to the village as a whole with resentment and concern, Joseph Hunter calling it a ‘vile hamlet’ in 1829 and Sir John Lubbock a ‘beautiful parasite’ in 1865...”

Not much change there then ;-) except that Lubbock, in 1872, “...when land containing some of the remaining stones was offered for sale as a potential housing development... bought some himself to block development...”

Pity there wasn’t a benefactor of similar status around to block the more recent housing development on the doorstep of the north-east quadrant.
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