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Knowlton Henges

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Also known as Knowlton Circles and Knowlton Rings the henges were constructed in the Neolithic period and formed part of a major ritual and religious site in the area spanning several thousand years.

Today the henges consist of a fairly impressive circular earthwork around 12 feet high with the ruins of a Norman church in its center. In the fields surrounding the henge are the remains of other circular earthworks and 178 round barrows. Most of these are now only visible from the air as crop markings due to the ravages of time and ploughing. To the east of the site is a larger round barrow which is around 20 feet tall but now overgrown with trees and bushes.

In 2005 students from Bournemouth University who were taking part in a dowsing course discovered an ancient standing stone at the henge and believe that at one time there may have been an avenue of standing stones leading to the henges.

The Norman church in the center of the ring was constructed out of flint and built in the 12th century. It was quite common to place Christian churches on previous religious sites and was probably a way of converting the Pagans into Christianity. Although largely in ruins the tower is still standing and it makes an impressive if not slightly eerie landmark.

Getting There
Knowlton Henges can be found just off the B3078 about 10 km North of Wimborne Minster. The whole site has an air of both peace and mystery and is great for picnics. It's a gorgeous place to while away an afternoon or evening that won't cost you a penny.

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