Druids Temple or Folly? – a photographic trip into the past

As you know if you follow my blog, we travelled a lot this summer around the UK. One trip was a camp with friends that ended in a rather special treat. Our good friend Pete took us to one of his favourite spots. A so-called Druids Temple in Yorkshire. Built in the 1800’s, we think it was used by the wealthy family for ceremonial purposes but can only guess just what kind of rituals were performed here. Some say it was just a folly, but the scale, detail and magnificence of it gave me the feeling it really wasn’t just a showpiece but a large piece of working kit. What do you think?

My Friend Pete proudly waiting at the entrance

A First Glance Inside. Scale.

Inside the Temple Space. This thing is huge!

The Inner Ring-not visible when you enter, with cave-like structure

Taken from above the 'cave'

Inside the Cave Structure. The standing stone in front of it shields it from view.

Friends above and behind the Temple - barely visible through the trees. Well hidden!

This is one set of photographs that was hard to pick out for you. In the three hours we were there I took over 100 shots trying to capture the flavour of a very mystical space. I hope these do it justice. A hidden gem from the past still there for us to enjoy. I look forward to visiting there again, probably next summer. Come on, what imagery of unusual place have you got on that hard drive of yours? Care to share?



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jon Vagg
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 18:15:01

    Apparently built in the 1820s on the orders of William Danby, owner of Swinton Park and at one time High Sheriff of Yorkshire. It was intended to provide work to local people in a time of depression. As to why he decided on a druids’ temple rather than some other kind of folly, or even works to improve local agriculture – rumours abound, of course.


  2. http://tinyurl.com/txprbagan31843
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 08:35:39

    I have a tendency to go along with pretty much everything
    that was in fact composed throughout “Druids Temple or Folly?

    – a photographic trip into the past Chriscaff’s blog”. Thanks for pretty much all the actual information.I appreciate it,Marco


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