This series of posts – looking again at Stanton Drew – is entitled Village Life, and really I suppose its just that, looking at little scenes and details around the village, trying to give a flavour of its life.  But there’s no getting away from the fact that this village is sitting on the immediate edge of a major stone age site – there are actually standing stones in the pub’s back garden.  I’ve already mentioned this in this post.

Two things get to me here.  Firstly – and delightfully! – although this is certainly an important Stone Age site, spatially at least on a par with the far more well known Stonehenge and Avebury, it is far from all but the most specialist tourist trails.  It does have much meaning for the local Pagan community, something which I respect and identify with very much, but the really lovely thing about these standing stones is that, most often, there are no other visitors at all, so that there is every chance to experience and savour them in peace, quiet and solitude – so different from Stonehenge and Avebury, and truly a wonderful gift.

I’m a geologist, with all that entails about understanding and being at ease with vast periods of time, and I also have a great interest in history, not least ancient history.  And the second thing that gets to me about the Stanton Drew standing stones are the great time periods involved.  The stones were laid out and erected around 4,000 or 5,000 years ago, in Neolithic times.  A line of low hills can be seen in the photo here, and up on those hills is the Iron Age camp of Maes Knoll, which is thought to have been built around 250BC – so the stone circles at Stanton Drew were already two or more thousand years old before that Iron Age encampment – itself remote in age to our eyes – was built.

Later in history, the Anglo-Saxons arrived.  I don’t have an exact date here, but somewhere around 650AD may be right.  And I mention them not only because of my great interest in their history, but also because the name Stanton Drew derives in part from their time – stanton – some sort of settlement or enclosure in the vicinity of the standing stones.  And so to the Christian church, parts of which date from the 13th century, ie some time after 1200AD.  I like Stanton Drew as a place, but the great, visible length of history here considerably adds to it for me.

An introduction to this Village Life series can be found here: 1Further images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 .    Each will open in a new window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it still further – recommended.

Technique: X-T1 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Stanton Drew; 6 Nov 2017.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

10 Responses to STANTON DREW 41 – VILLAGE LIFE 8

  1. artschaft says:

    Whoa, this one is breathtaking! It looks like a time lapse, the sky changing, while the stones are there to stay.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, the stones are there to stay, at least for awhile anyway – pardon me, but I’m a geologist and used to thinking about vast timescales >>> I’m very glad that you like this image so much, I’m very glad it gets to you >>> thank you! A 🙂

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  2. Sallyann says:

    Oh yes, much more cheery than the swing, I could almost just stand with this view and for go the tea and cake at Fern cottage… Almost. 😊


  3. bluebrightly says:

    Fascinating…it’s so hard to conceive of those big time frames….but you draw it out nicely, relating one to the other. You’re lucky you can enjoy this powerful place without the crowds! What a difference that makes.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I am lucky, such solitude is all too rare these days – and especially so in a little, overcrowded country like the UK. Big timeframes are there alright, I don’t know if I can really conceive of them, but I am comfortable with them – haha! I suppose I’m lucky I’m not UNcomfortable with them! But these dates I’ve given are archaeological / historical; they are but the blink of an eyelid in terms of geological time. And then there’s the age of the Universe: 13 thousand million years – eye-watering! 🙂


  4. paula graham says:

    A sky like that and a stone circle: what else do you want!!


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