At 01:50 PM 3/27/2008 +0000, you wrote:
>So when was the name 'Stonehenge' first used?
>> While the term 'henge' seems to have originated with Stonehenge, and in
>> particular refers to the lintels, since Stonehenge does include a
>> surrounding ditch and bank, the term has been understood to apply to any (or
>> many) ditch bank constructions.
According to RJC Atkinson, "STONEHENGE", 1956, p.184:
"The first specific mention of Stonehenge by name in English literature
occurs in the Historia Angloram of Henry of Huntingdon, written about A.D.
1130. In describing the four wonders of Britain, he says `The second is at
Stonehenge, where stones of an amazing size are set up in the manner of
doorways, so that one door seems to be set upon another. Nor can anyone
guess by what means so many stones were raised so high, or why they were
So apparently the term goes back to at latest 1130 AD and refers to the
lintels and not the ditch-bank enclosure.