This post has been sitting in my drafts since September. Lonely and neglected, Stone Henge is finally on the blog!
Back in September, my friend April and I (the one who got married a couple of months ago) drove down to Sailsbury to see Stone Henge. I’ve driven past it a few times before, but never seen it up close. So we made the hour and half drive to become one of the 800,000 tourists that visit every year, and see it for ourselves.
Stone Henge has left the world puzzled for centuries. Why is it there and what was it for? We still don’t know for sure, however historians have thought it was used as a burial site, a cerimonial site, a religious pilgrimage, a final resting place for royalty and a way to honour and connect with the dead. There’s no way of knowing for sure when or how it got there, as it is estimated to be over 5000 years old but there are many theories behind the stones. My favourite of course is aliens.
Folklore will tell you that the Great Wizard, Merlin built it by magically transporting the stones all the way from Ireland. He then got giants to assemble them. It will also tell you that it could be the ruins of a roman temple or that invading Danes put the stones up. We can never know for sure but I quite like the Merlin one. I could do with meeting him and being transported myself, only to somewhere a lot more tropical.
Today it is a protected world heritage site and a sacred place which is celebrated every winter and summer solstice. I would love to go to one of these events, they are truly magical. I’m not a particularly spiritual person but I can definitely appreciate the special occasion for those that are.
It’s also home to hundreds of crows. They all nest on the stones and hang around the area. You can see how close I got in the photo below. This bird was not bothered by me at all. To him I was just another stupid tourist.
All together there are 93 rocks at Stone Henge, the tallest standing at 13ft. It is one of the 316 Henges in England and without a doubt the most infamous.