Friday 9 December 2016
Stonehenge - What does "Henge" mean, why is it a "Henge"?
Looking across from Stonehenge towards Luxenborough plantation, the block of trees on the right, I was reminded that on the Downs of southern England, and maybe elsewhere, such blocks of woodland on the edges and slopes are known as "Hangers" or "Hangings" from the Anglo-Saxon "Hangra": A wood on a hill-side.
In my opinion Stonehenge gets its name from being a Stone "Hanger" as it sits on the edge of a slope, It is as simple as that. And from "Hanger" we get "Henge" and a whole pottage of word derivations.
From the Google Street view car one can rotate the camera and see the similarity in outline between the wood and stone "Hangers".
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Examples of other local Hanger Woods: