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May 23, 2018 — Thatched houses and ancient Avebury

We were looking for thatched houses to paint so our landlady suggested Sandy Lane and gave us directions. Perfect! Next we drove to Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world and it was amazing.


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Lacock Abbey spotted from the road driving to Sandy Lane

Lacock Abbey spotted from the road driving to Sandy Lane

Relaxed start today. We're not going far. We drove to Sandy Lane recommended by our hostess for thatched houses. She was spot on. We parked at The George Inn and walked through the tiny village taking pictures of lovely thatched houses.

The George Inn - Sandy Lane

The George Inn - Sandy Lane

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house and The George Inn sign, Sandy Lane

Thatched house and The George Inn sign, Sandy Lane

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

My painting of a thatched house in Sandy Lane, Wiltshire

My painting of a thatched house in Sandy Lane, Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire

Thatched house, Sandy Lane, County Wiltshire


Then we drove on to Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world. We parked for free at the National Trust parking lot. It’s a bit of a walk to the actual site, but we were warmly welcomed when we arrived. We belong to the Royal Oak Society (American National Trust affiliate) so they immediately knew we were from the USA. We got our (free) timed tickets to Avebury Manor and walked over. Tried to see the church but there was a service so we saved it for later.

National Trust Plaque at the entrance to Avebury

National Trust Plaque at the entrance to Avebury

St. James Church in Avebury

St. James Church in Avebury

St. James Church in Avebury

St. James Church in Avebury

Steps up to a walk through the Stone Circle

Steps up to a walk through the Stone Circle

The Barn Gallery at the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury

The Barn Gallery at the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury

The Dove Cote at Avebury with St. James Church in the background

The Dove Cote at Avebury with St. James Church in the background

The Stables Gallery, Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury

The Stables Gallery, Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury

Entrance to Avebury Manor

Entrance to Avebury Manor


Entered the Manor House via the garden and were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable docent. When we got to the dining room, they had a 1700s exercise chair on display and a tourist from Australia was teased into demonstrating it. He did well and we all got photos. Avebury Manor House, High St, Avebury, Marlborough SN8 1RF; tel: +44 1672 538016; Click here for Avebury Manor National Trust web site

Avebury Manor - Dining Room

Avebury Manor - Dining Room

Avebury Manor Exercise Chair Demonstration

Avebury Manor Exercise Chair Demonstration

Avebury Manor - Billiards Room

Avebury Manor - Billiards Room

Avebury Manor - Kitchen

Avebury Manor - Kitchen

Avebury Manor - Kitchen

Avebury Manor - Kitchen

Avebury Manor - Ceiling decoration in one of the bedrooms

Avebury Manor - Ceiling decoration in one of the bedrooms

Avebury Manor - a bedroom

Avebury Manor - a bedroom

Avebury Manor Tea Room (in the library)

Avebury Manor Tea Room (in the library)

Avebury Manor Tea Room (in the library)

Avebury Manor Tea Room (in the library)


Zipped through the house and were persuaded into the tea room to see the library. It smelled so good we stayed for lunch. Ed had a meat pie and I got the quiche. Both came with three salads. No wine so we had lemonade. Carrot cake for dessert . . . all very nice and then we walked through the gardens, the Stable Museum and the church.

Back view of Avebury Manor from the Garden

Back view of Avebury Manor from the Garden

Sundial at Avebury Manor

Sundial at Avebury Manor

The front of Avebury Manor from the gate

The front of Avebury Manor from the gate

The Stables Gallery, Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury

The Stables Gallery, Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury

Exhibit at The Stables Gallery, Alexander Keiller Museum

Exhibit at The Stables Gallery, Alexander Keiller Museum

Main aisle and organ (note painted pipes)

Main aisle and organ (note painted pipes)

Part of an oak bell frame dated 1636 at St. James Church - Avebury

Part of an oak bell frame dated 1636 at St. James Church - Avebury

Choose a Standing Stone at Avebury - to give you an idea of the size

Choose a Standing Stone at Avebury - to give you an idea of the size


The high point was walking the stone circles. Some of the stones are huge and they’re spread out over four large fields, one with sheep so we walked with care . . . Many people don’t realize the henge is the built hill surrounding the stone circles. They think the stones are the henge. Avebury is interesting in that you really don’t get a concept of how large it is unless you look at it on a satellite map. When you search for Avebury, suddenly you see the huge mound surrounding the tiny village and realize the breadth of the earthworks. The current theory is that the stones are an observatory and the henge (hill) surrounding them is an artificial horizon to make it possible to measure distances by triangulation. It would work . . .

Standing Stones at Avebury

Standing Stones at Avebury

Looking across the road to more standing stones

Looking across the road to more standing stones

Standing Stones at Avebury

Standing Stones at Avebury

Thatched building with Standing Stones at Avebury

Thatched building with Standing Stones at Avebury

The Red Lion Inn

The Red Lion Inn

Standing Stones at Avebury

Standing Stones at Avebury

Standing Stones at Avebury

Standing Stones at Avebury

Avebury Chapel

Avebury Chapel

The Henge Gift Shop)

The Henge Gift Shop)


We went through the small, incomplete museum and bought gifts in the henge shop. Walked back . . . way back . . . to parking and drove to Lacock for some groceries. My phone wouldn’t load Google Maps at Avebury and our Garmin GPS lost its satellite connection just outside of town. Fortunately, the phone came to life and got us to Lacock because Garmin never did find the satellite again. There is much to be said for paper maps!

Posted by Beausoleil 17:38 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged uk stonehenge avebury sandy_lane thatched_houses stone_circles

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Great entry! Pretty thatched cottages and I love your painting - interesting to see it next to the photo and see how you 'trimmed' back the bushes to show more of the house :) And I love Avebury - I find it far more atmospheric than Stonehenge. But I've never been in the Manor House - something to add to my list!

by ToonSarah

Gorgeous thatched roofs.

by irenevt

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