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Stonehenge, England
composite. He also had a most singular wooly Verbascum, I think from Asia.
- Went on an excursion to Stonehenge; railway from Paddington to Lavingron, thence by motor coach on a wide circuit, passing over the downs of Stonehenge and through many vales set with charming villages, thatch-roofed cottages and lovely gardens. Stonehenge is remarkable enough but is since one has heard about it all one's life, a bit disappinging. However as one studies the circles and the stones, the whole grows upon one and the height of the stones grow, too, in the impression made on the mind. I was very fortunate in having in the seat next me in the coach a gentleman
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July 20, 1930
who turned out to be well-informed on the English countryside, besides being cultiated and well-read in general: A.G. Southcombe,M.D. Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and so on. He expressed the view that the great stones of Stonehenge, being no part of the country rock, had been brought down from the north of Britain in the Ice Age. More interesting, since he is no geologist, are his comments on the countryside: the signs all through the west-country: White Hart Inn, Dun Cow Hotel, Red Horse Inn, are color relics of the Wars of the Roses, the white rose of York, the red rose of Plantagenet. Knowledge, tradition even of these wars no longer exists amongst the people, but these ancient signs have come down. He also
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