Stonehenge

 

streetmap of Stonehenge

 

 

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The junction of the A 303 and the A 344, at a quiet moment in a busy summer weekend. Land-cover can be seen as a mix of grassland (the Stonehenge site), and arable, to the south of the A 303. electricity pylons mark the horizon, as does one of the giant hangers at the airfield of  Boscombe Down.

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Taken 25th August 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

The A 303 can be seen through several of the great stones.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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Fast-food outlet serving tea-time snacks in the car-park for  Stonehenge. Tumuli pepper the fields beyond, to the north-east.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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Sunk below ground level are the ticket kiosk, turnstiles, toilets and shop for the monument. Access to the stones is via an underpass. Just beyond the tickets a rack of hand-held guide 'phones are available, in many languages, to help visitors enjoy their tour.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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A view towards the north, to the Army village of Larkhill (home to the Royal Artillery). Rough grazing and quite impressive stands of trees mark the is northern alternative for a by-pass of Stonehenge.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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From the road the hordes of visitors and the stones are equally clear. Erosion of the footway across from the car park is evidence that many people just settle for the free view through the chain link fence!

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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An accident opposite the entrance to the car park occupies police and ambulance for the best part of an hour.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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Visitors listening to their tour 'phone. An all-weather path guides visitors past the stones on the north-west ....

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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... whilst to complete the circuit a grass path has to be negotiated.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

 

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Even at busy times the stones are restful in repose. This also shows up the countryside to the south of the monument, the proposal for the southern by-pass route.

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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The problem of Stonehenge in a photograph. A world-class heritage site, its attendant visitors, and a busy and necessary trunk road. How are the interests of these three to be resolved?

 

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Taken 25th August 2001

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