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|Description ||The caption reads:' A Celtic Temple at Winterburn 22 Aug.1723', giving some details about the stones. The seller had it listed as Winterbourne Bassett Stone Circle near Wiltshire until PeteG corrected us, see comment. A super view with lots of rolling countryside and two little figures who seem to be pacing out their measurements.
An engraving from Richard Stukeley's : 'Itinerarium Curiosum: or, An Account of the Antiquitys and Remarkable Curiositys in Nature or Art, Observ'd in Travels thro' Great Britain.'|
|This is Winterbourne Abbas in Dorset not Winterbourne Bassett in Wiltshire and its by William not Richard Stukeley.
John Michell made the same mistake in his book Megolithamania.
|Andy B |
|Is this Nine Stones (the single large stone suggests it might be), or a picture of the lost "Winterbourne Abbas" circle then? Even better to complete our coverage. Thanks Pete|
|This is undoubtedly Nine Stones (Dorset) - compare the stone sizes of this pic, and relation of the road, to Nine Stones. Cheers; Tim.|
|Why only eight stones in the drawing tho'? The immediate lay of the land is inaccurate too not to mention the scale things. A bit of an enigma really. Everything about it cries 'The Nine Stones' and yet it doesn't. Wierd!|
|I think it IS the Nine Stones near Winterbourne Abbas. I've looked at the pics I took in May and they are almost identical. I've just checked my camcorder film too. (What a noise the traffic makes!) The top surface of the big square stone on the right now slopes down towards its right, but perhaps this could have been broken off by souvenir hunters, because it is closest to the road. There's still a wide gap between it and the next one clockwise (the area near the man on right). The one next to the 'square one' anticlockwise is shorter now, possibly broken off. The fourth from its left anticlockwise (top left in pic) seems to be the one between the tree roots these days. Still moving anticlockwise, in the gap between top left and bottom left, I found a very small one, touching the tree roots. The other large one seems much the same, but most of the others seem smaller now, and perhaps thinner too. The one centre front seems to have a dip in its left top surface now. Stukeley could have drawn them from differing angles, and maybe finished the landscape by memory?|
|It does seem strange that the ninth stone is missing tho'.|
|Hi PeteF. Yes, if the ground wasn't covered in thick vegetation he'd have seen it, but I must admit, I almost missed it myself. I'll post the photo I took. Someone had planted red and yellow primulas in front of it.|
|Hello Miss Lake, I know this place well myself. I am unsure of the age of the large Beech tree that almost encapsulates this little stone but, I am sure it was not a dominant feature in Stukeley's day. It just doesn't make sense to me why all nine stones were not recorded. Do you have any ideas? I know little of Stukely but, I'm sure his purpose was to record accurately the stones of England.|
|You know, the more I think about it, I wonder if the ninth and smallest stone was buried at the time of the sketch. Maybe it was literally up rooted as the Beech tree started to grow. If this is the answer to this puzzle, I now wonder who buried and why or am I getting ahead of my self? Some of the older residents in the area know of this place as 'The Devils Nine Stones', something else I want to look into. |
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