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We drive past this stone circle occasionally. It’s in a roadside field sandwiched between an old church and a fake farm shop (farm shops are all the rage at the moment, so the area is filling up with “farm shops”).

This ancient monument was built approximately two to four years ago. I suddenly noticed it when we drove past a couple of years back, but it’s only recently appeared on Google maps. Google’s satellite updates have about a five year latency, I’ve noticed.

This guy’s Flickr shows it much better.

Not sure what we’re looking at, but I’d bet hippies are responsible.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 21, 2013, 11:54 pm

Yes, thank you. Feeling much better. I essentially slept the entire day away and I think I’m all done.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 21, 2013, 11:55 pm

Hm. Actually, there’s more information in the caption of that guy’s photo.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: November 22, 2013, 12:01 am

Glad you’re feeling better.

Cow Circle, Stone Circle, Drum Circle is the obvious progression so you’re right to blame hippies.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: November 22, 2013, 12:34 am

Glad you’ve reaffirmed that a Sweasel > a virus/creeping-crud.

I always bet that hippies are irresponsible, and I am winning in that account.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 22, 2013, 12:42 am

Glad you’re feeling better!

Seems we’ve taken considerably large steps backwards in stone-circle construction quality from the old days eh?

Comment from Nina
Time: November 22, 2013, 2:05 am

We saw some pretty cool ones in Ireland (not to mention that bigger one in southern England), but they were all Bronze Age. Or so we were told.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 22, 2013, 2:23 am

Evidently “Extraction of sandstone” is worthy of complaint as a breach of Planning. The govt doc says “that sandstone had been extracted from the land and used to create a stone circle monument. Site visit carried out which indicated that some earthworks appeared to have taken place. Letter sent to the landowner requesting details of the activities undertaken and the matter is under consideration.”

So, for digging up some sandstone from what I assume is his own property and building an artsy-fartsy cow circle with it I guess the poor hippie is to be drawn and quartered. Pity.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: November 22, 2013, 2:37 am

My gawd that hippie must have some dosh. Did you see the house next to it and since it didn’t look like there were walls mebbe his land?

Comment from Auf, Ansbach Dragoner
Time: November 22, 2013, 3:31 am

The genuine natives will always view the wheel as a newfangled fad that excites Roman invaders. A wheel to a Brit is like twerking to an Amish.

Comment from Mojo
Time: November 22, 2013, 5:21 am

19 stones? That’s a lunar cycle, apparently.


Comment from Carl
Time: November 22, 2013, 11:27 am

Uncle Al, the person responsible for the stone circle isn’t exactly a hippy. He’s a very wealthy landowner. The county council weren’t bothered about him constructing the stone circle but they were contacted by some local busybody who suspected that he had opened a quarry which would have needed planning permission. A council officer inspected the site and reported “No quarry. No problem”

Comment from Deborah
Time: November 22, 2013, 12:04 pm

It’s rather too perfect a circle, isn’t it. But a rich folly is still fun.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 22, 2013, 1:30 pm

A whole lot of the land around here is SSSI — Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Either because it is strongly suspected that it’s rich in archeological magic just under the surface, or because it’s important to a lot of the rare wildlife in the area. Particularly ground-nesting birds. It means you can’t sneeeze on the land without government permission.

The freedom-loving ‘Merkin hard-line libertarian wingnut in me cringes at this, but to be honest, I’m glad. It *is* awesome around here, and developers would LOVE to come down here and start building crap housing for illegal immigrants (they have done around the edges).

If I have to join forces with the hippies to keep this place from looking like Brooklyn — so be it.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: November 22, 2013, 1:44 pm

Most likely a landowner hoping to extract cash from low-information tourists.

BTW: do you have sites in England like the ‘Mystery Spot’ in Santa Cruz, California? Or is it all just pagan ruins and haunted castles?

Comment from Deborah
Time: November 22, 2013, 8:39 pm

Perhaps Badger House needs its own standing stones monument. A winking stoat, maybe. Or a prehistoric chicken?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 22, 2013, 8:51 pm

We’ve discussed some sort of wire chicken, in honor of Lucia.

Comment from Deborah
Time: November 22, 2013, 9:30 pm

I’ve been in Hobby Lobby several time in the past few weeks, and I’m amazed at how popular chickens are as a decorating motif. Chicken print fabric and linens, chicken statuary and lamps, chicken tableware (multiple designs), wall art, et cetera.

Re: chicken wire. There is a boot shop nearby that has a beautiful saguaro cactus made out of chicken wire. It’s big, too. Ceiling high, and about 6 ft. wide, with white silk flowers wired onto the cactus arms. Very creative and nicely done.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: November 22, 2013, 9:38 pm


That fella’s Flickr caption makes mention of Sire Paul and his studios at yon windmill – p’raps some of his latter-day friends came a-visiting, and he wanted to give ’em a bit of a giggle, like. Set up some stone bits, give ’em something to dance about in the moonlight, or some such…

Ah, well, doesn’t seem to be bothering the cows overmuch.

Back in the Victorian day in these currently-united States, it once was said that just about anything could be done in public, so long as it was done with style, and didn’t frighten the horses. So, there’s that, then…

A wire chicken, as tribute to Lucia – somewhat a propos. Maybe make it large enough that the late lady-chook’s former companions in the flock might roost – making it a sort of “living monument”, you might say?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 22, 2013, 11:41 pm

I think I posted about Sir Paul’s windmill before. He’s a neighbor. He’s not terribly popular, though.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: November 23, 2013, 3:25 am

Why not?

Comment from Mojo
Time: November 23, 2013, 6:39 am

STOATHENGE! It’s perfect. All we need is stone and some gullible hippie types…

Comment from Mojo
Time: November 23, 2013, 6:42 am

Although “The Giant Chicken of Camber” does have a certain ring…

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