The Avebury Stones…

The Avebury StonesThe Avebury Stones. The village of Avebury is seen as a mecca for those who believe in Paganism, Wicca, and Druidry. The Avebury Stones surround the village in the fair county of Wiltshire England, a county renown for it’s fine quality hams and fresh country vegetables.

The summer solstice and pagan festivals held at Avebury attract visitors from all over the world, as Avebury stands on the St. Michael ley line that runs from Cornwall to East Anglia – and in the village itself ; The Red Lion Public House can offer you one of the most ghostly inhabited pubs in England!

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  3. During the second half of the 17th Century the clearance of the area began, so that the land could be cultivated. It was at this stage that some of the sarsens were physically destroyed, by being broken into pieces. A special technique had to be devised because sarsen stone is extremely hard which makes it difficult to break. The stones were repeatedly heated in the blacksmith’s scorching fire and then rapidly cooled by dousing them with ice-cold water. This process weakened their structure, causing large fissures to form, which allowed the blacksmith to then prise them apart. Once they had been split into several smaller blocks, they were used in local construction work. Today, evidence of these sarsen stone blocks can be seen in the village houses and dry stone walls.

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