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I recall a photograph from (possibly) 1946 that showed
a handful of modern druids standing about near the stones
with no particular audience on hand; cp. how it was
for Hardy's Tess when she ended up there, about the same.

On 10 November 2014 04:03, Gill Alderman <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> 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.
>
>
> Gill
>
> Gill Alderman
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
> 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
> >> residents
> >>>> and regular visitors complaining about motorists that “slow down and
> >> even
> >>>> stop in order to view and often photograph the stones thereby causing
> >>> long
> >>>> tailbacks.” One person on the A303 touches their brakes in the middle
> >> of
> >>>> 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
> >>> to
> >>>> hide the stones would help. It isn’t this alone of course that causes
> >> the
> >>>> problem, and the sat nav problem has its very own dynamics, but it is
> a
> >>>> major contribution to delays.
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>
>