The Illustrated Guide to Old Sarum & Stonehenge

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Brown and Company, 1888 - Old Sarum (England) - 63 pages

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Page 58 - Gunter, to see whether he could hire a ship anywhere upon that coast. And not thinking it convenient for me to stay much longer at Frank Windham's (where I had been in all about a fortnight, and was become known to very many), I went directly away to a widow gentlewoman's house, one Mrs. Hyde, some four or five miles from Salisbury, where I came into the house just as it was almost dark, with Robin Philips only, not intending at first to make myself known.
Page 30 - Sir Charles Lyell), are certain sands and mottled clays, named by Mr. Prestwich the Woolwich and Reading beds, from their being largely developed at these places, and from these he proves the sarsens to have been derived ; although they are seldom found in situ, owing to the destruction of the stratum to which they belonged. They are large masses of sand concreted together by a silicious cement, and when the looser portions of the stratum were washed away, the blocks of sandy rocks were left scattered...
Page 58 - ... therefore advised me to take my horse next morning, and make as if I quitted the house, and return again about night ; for she would order it so that all her servants and everybody should be out of the house, but herself and her sister, whose name I remember not. So Robin Philips and I took our horses, and went as far as Stone-henge ; and there we staid looking upon the stones for some time,* and returned back again to Hale (the place where Mrs.
Page 36 - Hengist, in the latter part of the fifth century, at or near the spot on which Stonehenge is situated ; and attributes the erection of the monument to the surviving Britons, who thus endeavoured to perpetuate the memory of that tragical event. The historical
Page 11 - Lord to do with castles?" continues Peter of Blois : " it is the ark of the covenant in a temple of Baalim. Either place is a prison." " Let us," he writes, " in God's name descend into the level. There are rich champaigns and fertile valleys, abounding in the fruits of the earth, and profusely watered by living streams. There is a seat for the Virgin patroness of our Church to which the whole world cannot produce a parallel'.
Page 40 - The space between the stones in this outward circle varies ; that between the entrance stones is five feet, and rather wider than in the rest. This circle consisted originally of thirty stones, of which seventeen still remain standing. At the distance of eight feet three inches from the inside of this outward circle, we find another composed of smaller stones, rude and irregular in their shapes. We...
Page 60 - At the celebration of these pastimes, the lists were superbly decorated, and surrounded by the pavilions belonging to the champions, ornamented with their arms, banners, and banerolls. The scaffolds for the reception of the nobility of both sexes who came as spectators, and those especially appointed for the royal family, were hung with tapestry and embroideries of gold and silver.
Page 10 - Norman towers, was in many respects inconvenient. There was a scarcity of water ; and the cathedral stood so high and exposed that, according to an old tradition, " when the wind did blow they could not hear the priest say mass.
Page 25 - The great wonder of Salisbury Plain — the most remarkable monument of antiquity in our island, if we take into account its comparative preservation, as well as its grandeur — is Stonehenge. It is situated about...
Page 30 - The abundance of these remains, especially in some of the valleys of North Wilts, is very remarkable. Few persons who have not seen them can form an adequate idea of the extraordinary scene presented to the eye of the spectator, who standing on the brow of one of the hills near Clatford, sees stretching for miles before him, countless numbers of these enormous stones, occupying the middle of the valley, and winding like a mighty stream towards the south.

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