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SILBURY HILL

Silbury Hill is the largest man-made prehistoric mound in Europe. It was built roughly at the same time as some Egyptian pyramids, approx 2,400BC, and is about 130 feet (39 metres) high and 1,640 feet (500 metres) round. Its purpose is completely unknown.

Silbury Hill can be viewed from a path between Avebury and the A4 at West Kennet, but, to prevent damage, there is strictly no access to the hill itself. It is part of a prehistoric landscape that includes Avebury Henge, stone avenues and burial chambers.

Region:
Location/Address: West Kennett
Nr Avebury
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 1QH
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: The enigma of Silbury Hill
Tip/Nearby: Avebury, Avebury Henge, Keiller Museum, West Kennet Long Barrow, stone avenues and Windmill Hill are all within walking distance. Park in Avebury.
Primary Management: English Heritage
St Cyriac, Lacock

St Cyriac was a boy saint and St Cyriac's in Lacock is one of the few churches in Britain dedicated to him. It is a very large parish church, mostly 15th century, on an earlier site and with features from 16th - 20th centuries. The Lady Chapel c1420 is exceptional and the Renaissance memorial of 1566 to Sir W Sharington of Lacock Abbey definitely worth a look. There are some particularly fine carvings, too.

Location/Address: Church Street
Lacock
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN15 2LB
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: St Cyriac and the tour party
Useful Website Address: Lacock church website
Tip/Nearby: Lacock village and abbey
Primary Management: Church authorities
WEST KENNET AVENUE

West Kennet Avenue is the remains of what was once 100 pairs of standing stones linking Avebury with the Sanctuary.

Region:
Location/Address: Avebury
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 1RD
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Tip/Nearby: Avebury
Primary Management: National Trust
WEST KENNET LONG BARROW

Large, chambered, tomb dating from around 3,650BC.  Five burial chambers which once contained the remains of approx 50 people - you can enter the tomb.  Visit whilst seeing Avebury nearby.

Region:
Location/Address: Near Avebury
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN8 1QH
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: West Kennet Long Barrow
Tip/Nearby: Very limited parking. Close to Avebury - park there and walk.
Primary Management: English Heritage
CALLANISH Standing Stones

The Callanish (or Calanais in Gaelic) Standing Stones is a complex of 50 stones in a cruciform arrangement roughly aligned north-south, with an inner circle of 13 stones and a small chambered cairn. They date from 3000BC and there are several other prehistoric sites nearby, including 3 additional circles. As with other stone circles in Britain, there is no satisfactory explanation for the purpose of these monuments - though, according to tradition they are petrified giants.

There is a modern visitor centre managed by Urras nan Tursachan (The Standing Stones Trust).

Region:
Location/Address: Calanais Visitor Centre
Calanais
Isle of Lewis
County: Western Isles
Post Code: HS2 9DY
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Tip/Nearby: Other prehistoric sites - details tba
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
Bronte Parsonage, Haworth

The Brontë family moved to Haworth in 1820, when Patrick Brontë was appointed ‘perpetual curate’ of the parish church. They lived in the Parsonage, where the three immensely talented sisters wrote some of the finest literature in the English language. Though it will overwhelm those who do not actually worship the Brontës, the Parsonage Museum is fascinating. And the town of Haworth is always worth a visit anyway. Don't miss the Gothic splendour of the churchyard!

Location/Address: Church Street
Haworth
Keighley
County: West Yorkshire
Post Code: BD22 8DR
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Our Bronte Tour Begins In Haworth
Tip/Nearby: The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (heritage railway).
Primary Management: Other
SALTAIRE

Saltaire is a Victorian model village, built by textile magnate Titus Salt. The name is a combination of 'Salt' with 'Aire', the local river. Salt gave his workers considerably better living and working conditions than they had endured in Bradford, after he moved production to his new facility in 1853. Saltaire today is a living village, with shops, a park, canal side walks, all part of a World Heritage Site. The main feature is the old factory building, Salts Mill, which includes exhibitions, specialist retail outlets and a permanent gallery exhibiting the works of local Bradford artist, David Hockney.

Location/Address: Victoria Road
Saltaire
County: West Yorkshire
Post Code: BD18 3LA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Saltaire village website
Tip/Nearby: Bradford
Primary Management: Local Authority
Top Withens

Top Withens has long been thought of as the inspiration for the Wuthering Heights that Emily Bronte describes in her eponymous novel of 1847. Originally "Top of the Withens", Top Withens (or Withins) is a ruined farm thought to date from the second half of the 16th century. It was last inhabited in the 1920s, has been disused since the 1930s and is now completely ruined. In fact, ruined structures pepper the landscape all around. It is actually generally believed that the building Emily Brontë described bore no resemblance to Top Withens whatsoever; but, as a plaque placed on the wall by the Brontë Society says, “the situation may have been in her mind when she wrote of the moorland setting of the heights.” You can walk to Top Withens from a variety of directions and along the Pennine Way. The post code directs you to the village of Stanbury, from which there is a relatively easy path.

Location/Address: Stanbury
Near Haworth
County: West Yorkshire
Post Code: BD22 0AB
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Our Bronte Tour Begins In Haworth
Tip/Nearby: Bronte Falls, Pennine Way
Primary Management: Local Authority
Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle, dating from 1068, has been the seat of the Duke of Norfolk, head of the powerful Howard family, for over 850 years. The Howards have been soldiers, sailors, poets - and plotters. The Duke of Norfolk is considered the premier duke of England and has the hereditary title of Earl Marshal of England, responsible for major state occasions - such as coronations. The castle was besieged twice in the Civil War (once by each side) and was greatly restored in Victorian times and looks like something from a Hollywood movie. It is famous for its artwork, furnishings, armoury and includes attractive gardens. Not to be missed is the medieval Fitzalan Chapel, the burial place of the Dukes of Norfolk.

Region:
Location/Address: Arundel
County: West Sussex
Post Code: BN18 9AB
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Arundel Castle's website
Tip/Nearby: Chichester, Bosham
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
BOSHAM

Bosham is a small, attractive, village on the side of an inlet in Chichester Harbour and beloved of yachtspeople. It is an ancient place, and apparently the (contested) location for King Cnut's encounter with the waves. There is a lovely church, a craft centre, tea shops and a couple of nice pubs.

Situated off the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth.

Region:
Location/Address: Near Chichester
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 8HX
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Bosham, Cnut, the king's daughter and Harold
Useful Website Address: Bosham village website
Tip/Nearby: Chichester. The foreshore gets flooded at high tide - best not leave your car there.
Primary Management: Local Authority
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