Stonehenge is an ancient stone circle in Wiltshire which has become a major tourist attraction
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;
- 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
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'.
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