The weekend of 22nd-23rd July 2023 marks a significant milestone in the history of Stanton Drew as it celebrates the 300th anniversary of the visit of William Stukeley, the renowned antiquarian who brought the site to national prominence. Stanton Drew, with its three stone circles and cove of three stones, is considered the third most important stone circle site in England after Stonehenge and Avebury, making it a significant place for archaeologists and other visitors. The celebrations begin on Saturday 22nd July with a symposium of talks given by leading academics and archaeologists on William Stukeley and the archaeology of Stanton Drew. On Sunday 23rd July, the exact 300th anniversary of Stukeley's visit, there will be a day of events in the village including guided tours of the stones and an exhibition. The weekend's events provide an opportunity to learn about the history and significance of Stanton Drew and William Stukeley's contribution. It is also a chance to experience the site's natural beauty. For more information and to register for the events, visit the Stukeley 300 website, www.stukeley300.org.uk. Stukeley 300 is a group set up to organise the Stukeley weekend celebrations at Stanton Drew in July 2023. The group has representatives from Stanton Drew Parish Council, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society, Bath and Counties Archaeological Society, Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, and English Heritage.
Stanton Drew to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the visit of William Stukeley
Monday 22nd May 2023 8:00 am