English culture is unique and different, although there are elements of it its history in colonies or other dominions. English people are also fiercely independent. They defend their island with everything they have, and they cherish their unique folklore, relics, and ancient mysteries.
It’s exactly this fiercely patriotic attitude that’s to be thanked for the many reminders of the past in the green and lovely country we call England. In other societies, the mysterious standing stones and crumbling ruins would have gone for recycling eons ago. This is not so in England, where even footpaths have numbers and nobody dares touch them.
Three of the Most Mysterious Ancient Sites in England
SILBURY HILL near Avebury, Wiltshire could be the biggest folly of all time. Approximately 4,500 years ago somebody created a huge mound 40 meters tall out of half a million tons of stone, chalk, and earth. The hill is not a tomb. It does not have a wall or moat so it did not have a military purpose. Folklore speaks of a golden statue of a king riding a horse on top of it. The jury is still out.
MARGATE SHELL GROTTO in Margate, Kent is another complete mystery. A winding passage with walls covered with 4.6 million shells leads to a grotto deep inside a cliff measuring five by six metres. Its walls bear finely wrought geometric decorations. There are two theories. The Shell Grotto is either a prehistoric astronomical calendar. Or, it is a relic of the Knights Templar Crusaders. You choose.
CRESSWELL CAVES on the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire border contains the northernmost cave artwork in Europe. Archaeologists believe Neanderthals lived here 43,000 years ago, and stayed in the area for 33,000 years. Nobody seems to know what happened to these people except they ‘disappeared’. We know they sheltered there every winter. Why did they suddenly decide not to return?