This is a tiny piece of England and, to me, this is simply wonderful.  We are here in Stanton Drew, beside a large and important Stone Age monument – and these are the only entry formalities!  This is what more of Life should be like!!!

The farmer has attached this box to the gate that takes us into the fields where the prehistoric stones stand, and there is a little hole in the top to receive the one pound entry charge – most people probably pay with a pound coin, a coin that is a little over two centimetres in diameter and which neatly fits through that hole.  There is a little keyhole so that the farmer can collect his pounds.  And that’s more or less it!

In a container on the gate there used to be some single page, printed leaflets that very briefly described the prehistoric site, but there were none there on my latest visit.  And a little further on there is a small, green Ministry of Works sign, informing anyone who damages or defaces these standing stones that the full weight of English Law will descend upon them – the penalties may not quite be on a par with those imposed for setting fire to Her Majesty’s dockyards, but they’ll still be pretty damned unpleasant …

After which you pass through gates which prevent livestock getting out of the fields – and you’re in the fields, and the stones stand, lean and lie wonderfully before you.


Part of one of the stone circles, with a farm, cattle and sheep up on the hill behind – click onto the image to better see these.

An introduction to this Village Life series can be found here: 1 Further images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .    Each will open in a new window.

Click onto each image to open another version in separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens; Lightroom; Stanton Drew; 6 Nov 2017.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to STANTON DREW 44 – VILLAGE LIFE 11

  1. What a wonderful mixture of how public and private land can coexist.


  2. Sallyann says:

    This is most definitely what more of life should be like. 😊
    Trust is a very undervalued commodity. 😊


  3. bluebrightly says:

    I love the continuity this post describes. Keeping it simple like this allows the visitor to really feel that, and not be put off or put into a disengaged mindset by excessive red tape. Happy Sunday to you!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, a happy Monday to you! Yes, simple is beautiful – but so much of modern life seems to getting more and more complicated. The simplicity of this prehistoric site is beyond value.


  4. Wow, the shots you added the links to are really nice. I like “honesty box” – I bet the focus on the virtue encourages people to contribute. Cheers!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Chris, thank you for your good words – and thank you too, once again, for following my blog as you do. I can’t say how many visitors put their pound into the honesty box, but you’re right, there is the virtue thing, and a pound is a relatively small sum of money – seldom if at all enough for a bus ride! And those taking the trouble to visit the site may be more inclined to pay, they may feel they really should pay. Good hearing from you! Adrian 🙂

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  5. paula graham says:

    All so very British!!


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