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|Description ||Stonehenge 1959
| Has the upright on the left been repaired by concrete ?|
| This is the famous SouthWest Trilithon, noteworthy as it is the first set of Stones that fell within recorded times.|
On the blustery winter night of 3 January 1797 the entire Trilithon came shivering down en mass, awakening people as far away as 20 miles with a bomb-like roar.
It lay on the faces shown in this photo for ~160 years until it was very carefully lifted back into place by RJC Atkinson in 1958. The aircraft crane employed was capable of lifting 60 tons and was borrowed from the RAF at Larkhill. This Restoration was well-documented in the Press and the Site even remained open to the Public while the work was carried out. It took 6 months to excavate and study the chalk-bed underpinnings before the painstaking lift occurred.
As shown, the hoary old lichens which adorn all the Stones have yet to return; killed and worn away while they lay embedded 20 inches in the ground.
The only concrete used in this phase of work is in the stone-socket, used copiously to firmly set the uprights, in addition to the 2 Bluestones that stand before it. No other restorative work was done, re: reinforcing the Trilithon above ground.
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