From Ancient sites to Crop Circles to Ley Lines, the Barge Inn is located at perhaps the epicentre of Wiltshire's ancient intrigue and mystery. Could there be any better place to conduct a handfasting ceremony in the whole of Wiltshire? Stonehenge possibly, Avebury maybe, but these are large tourist sites that lack the intimacy of a handfasting ceremony at the Barge Inn at Honeystreet. As well as being uniquely positioned on a Ley Line and internationally recognised as the centre for the crop circle phenomenon, the pub is surrounded by fascinating ancient sites. Just to the north on the summit of Walker's Hill, overlooking the pub, you will find Adam's Grave, a two hundred foot long Neolithic long barrow. Three miles to the south west is Marden Henge, the site of the largest stone henge enclosure in Britain. One mile to the east is St Mary's church at Alton Barnes. Of Saxon origin, but the Sarsen stones hidden under trap doors in the floor suggest a much earlier use, as does the one thousand seven hundred year old yew tree in the church yard. Close by is the famous East Field, where some of the most spectacular crop circles formations have mysteriously appeared overnight, including in 1990 a design that four months later appeared on Led Zeppelin's 'Remasters' album cover.
Stonehenge may be one of the world's best known monuments but its origins are shrouded in mystery and intrigue. A composite monument created over centuries, its English name is related to the Anglo-Saxon word 'hengen', meaning hanging or gibbets - referring to the method by which the giant cross pieces sit on top of the standing stones. Often explained as a memorial over a burial site or temple of the Neolithic religion, Stonehenge would have played a significant part in the religious culture of ancient Britain. It may well have been a popular location for ancient handfasting ceremonies and weddings. Avebury is an even more ancient Neolithic site than Stonehenge, with a stone circle some 1,400 feet in diameter. No doubt it had significant religious and ceremonial purposes; perhaps handfastings and weddings in a similar manner to Stonehenge.
So what is the connection between these two great ancient sites and the Barge Inn, other than they all have sarsen stone monuments. Well take Stonehenge and Avebury as two anchor points and strike a straight line between them. The line will pass directly by the Barge Inn, a fact recognised by Edward Duke's work, first published in 1846, that suggested the alignment between key ancient sites in Wiltshire was based on the alignment of the solar system, with each of the sites representing a celestial body. If this map is used, the Southern Node of the Venus transit would pass through the Barge Inn; which was said to be the site of an ancient temple. Any better place for a handfasting ceremony? I think not!