Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is an ancient stone circle in Wiltshire which has become a major tourist attraction

Definition

A henge is a structural garden ornament, often used to break-up a larger space, and create shade and support for climbing plants. A henge can be made of many materials;

  • Stone
  • Wood (also known as a pergola)
  • uPVC (commonly known as a conservatory)
  • Brick (garden room)
  • Elasticated rods and nylon (tent)

Most homes in Britain feature a henge as part of their garden design

Origin

The word Henge is from the old English word 'Hinge' meaning; a thing like a henge, but better for allowing doors to swing. In olden times, a henge was a simple wooden post - often a fallen log stood up on-end. In parts of Leictershire, locals call the place they go to to buy their TV licenses a 'Henge-Office' and post letters in a 'Henge-box'.

History

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The monument known as 'Stonehenge' was built in 1869 by a firm of Henge-erectors called 'Dumbleton's Henges of Distinction' as a show-piece for their range of henges, along side the A303.

The firm advertised a range of henges in a variety of materials and finishes:

Model Finish Neolithic Raw stone Old-olithic Stone with a wipe-clean jappanned finish Pale-eolithic Whitewashed stone Dark-eolithic Black Hammerite finish Meseo-lithic Wood with zebra-stripes