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Re: Developments at Avebury
Jul 10, 2012, 15:57
Littlestone wrote:
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.

John Lubbock (Lord Avebury) was a prolific writer wasn't he and a very knowledgeable man. I have two of his books, both epics, The History of Flowering Plants and Prehistoric Times, both brilliantly written giving you the 'feel' of the man himself and not a copier of other peoples work. As the following link will show he was a great believer in the work of Darwin in those exciting days of discovery and adventure. He seemed to put a great deal into not just his life, but to improve it for others also in various ways.

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