This isn’t my comment, it’s an abbreviation of the words of Rt. Hon. William Ormsby-Gore, M.P., later 4th Baron Harlech, who as First Commissioner of Works in the government of Ramasy MacDonald in the mid 1930’s, appeared in a small 78 page book written by him entitled, Illustrated Regional Guide No.2 – Ancient Monuments -Southern England, published in 1936 by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office.
His exact words on page 16 are,
If Avebury is the greatest, Stonehenge is undoubtedly the most famous of British stone circles.
Two things are fascinating to me. One is that a government minister wrote four of the six volumes, No.1 on Northern England, No.2 on Soutern England, No.3 on East Anglia, and No.5 on North Wales. Methinks, how times have changed. The aim of the series of guides to the Ancient Monuments of Great Britain in the care of the Ministry of Works was designed. In his preface to the guides he say,
The ever increasing number of visitors to our national monuments shows there is a growing circle of those who take a pride and interest in such things.
As an indication of the depth of his knowledge of history and erudition – of course the Ministry of Works would’ve provided much of the information for the guides, even so, the Minister in charge wrote the guides, with chapter headings such as: Prehistoric Period, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Period, Anglo Saxon Period, The Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Secondly, I’ve not understood the importance of Avebury and its stone circle. I’ll follow up by writing more about Avebury and its history.