The church is Knowlton, near Wimborne St Giles. The site is recorded in the Domesday Book, and the henge pre-dates the church. I visited the site twice, last year and the year before.
I was going to do a piece about “connecting”, and I was going to waffle on about how I didn’t really understand what connecting meant when it was anything but family. But then I realised that I connect with a lot of things; Now I am not talking about family. That’s a given.
History is one of the topics that even from my early school days I had an interest in, no that’s not to say that I was any good at the topic. History was one of the topics I did at college. I didn’t realise that it was possible to destroy an interest in a subject, but the tutor at college had a real good go at it. It wasn’t the subject, it was his manner of presentation. It’s not worth my saying anymore about that, sufficient to say that he failed.
Now, I find myself living in a town that is absolutely stuffed with history (let’s be honest there are probably very few towns in the country which aren’t). It’s easy to engage with the subject here. One minor problem, and it’s not really a major one (well, it is, kind of) Gosport’s history doesn’t really begin before the 16th century, acknowledging that the likes of Rowner and Alverstoke predate the town by several hundred years. I seem to be more interested in older things like stones, rings and henges. Now, I’m going to mention ley lines. I am fully aware that talking about ley lines and the history of henges and the like is probably on a par with comparing Astronomy and Astrology (I feel that is an unfair comparison, unfair that is to ley lines) and I know how stupid that is. But I am interested in the idea. Ley lines are really like a game rather than anything with a real deep meaning.
There is though, no denying the existence of stone circles and henges. Now regardless of the real reason as to why the people of those times expended so much effort in constructing these sites, we can respect them and appreciate the effort they made without understanding, fully, the why. I haven’t yet found any indications that there are prehistoric or Neolithic sites in the Gosport area. Perhaps there are. But nothing saw far as I can tell as spectacular as a henge. Now, that is a reason to be interested in history.