The South Sights

Maumbury Rings

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  • Dorchester
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 08/18/2015

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This large Neolithic henge, 278 feet in diameter, is the oldest monument in Dorchester. It's survived by adapting. In the 1st century AD it became a Roman amphitheater, one of the largest in Britain, and the site of gladiatorial contests and executions. In the Middle Ages it was used for jousting tournaments, while during the English Civil War it was converted into an artillery fort. After the Restoration, it once again became a place of public execution, notoriously that of 80 rebels ordered by the infamous Judge Jeffreys. Vividly evoked in Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge, it's now used for public events such as the Dorset Arts Festival.

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Maumbury Rd., Dorchester, DT1 1QW, England

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Published 08/18/2015


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