Stonehenge was accessible by bus in the 1940s and '50s. It was not neglected but, like me, many 70ish people will remember it unfenced and without anything to help tourists interpret.
It was -and is- magnificent and I imagine the new access restores some of the feeling of an approach through the landscape rather than via the old gift shop and tunnel.
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On 10 Nov 2014, at 08:02, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I imagine that before the days of motor transport and the accessibility
> that it affords most places in Britain were largely ignored by those
> without the locality. The railways prompted the development of tourism but
> until the invention of motored road transport this was mainly restricted to
> the locations served by the railway companies.
> On 10 Nov 2014 03:29, "Rogelio Colina" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Is pre-tourism Stonehenge a living memory
>> for anyone on this list; i.e., a time when the
>> thing was mostly ignored? I did read once
>> that during WWII the RAF thought it a hazard
>> to aircraft and asked that it be leveled.
>> On 9 November 2014 19:01, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> The mobile menace! I should have known. :-(
>>> On 9 Nov 2014 23:39, "Brian Edwards" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> John, Twitter is littered with examples of mobile phone camera snaps of
>>>> the stones and if you read the online Times you will encounter
>>>> and regular visitors complaining about motorists that “slow down and
>>>> stop in order to view and often photograph the stones thereby causing
>>>> tailbacks.” One person on the A303 touches their brakes in the middle
>>>> the WHS then it causes a problem all the way back to either Countess or
>>>> Longbarrow, and there have even been local suggestions that landscaping
>>>> hide the stones would help. It isn’t this alone of course that causes
>>>> problem, and the sat nav problem has its very own dynamics, but it is a
>>>> major contribution to delays.