Pictures of Beckhampton
Historically, Beckhampton is famous for its Neolithic long barrow 4000 - 3500 BC. At 225 feet long by 125 feet wide, standing 15 feet tall, this barrow also acts as the terminus for second stone avenue out of Avebury. It is attractive to archaeologists from all over and is only one of a wealth of excavated archaeological sites dominating this part of Wiltshire.
This small traditional hamlet lying at the edge of the Marlborough Downs is excellent horse racing country, its countryside is a designated area of natural beauty and contains famous racing stables. Tempting past-times are walks down leafy lanes, boating on the River Kennet, interesting natural habitats for wildlife, and the pleasure of close-by market town's of Marlborough and Devizes which between them have a wide range of excellent shopping facilities, good hotels and inns.
Beckhampton is a delightful place dotted with many charming properties, amongst these is the Waggon and Horses, a hostelry dating back to the 16th century with a picturesque thatched roof and tiny dormer windows. The interior is completely striking with huge beams, flagstones and a gorgeous open fireplace. No wonder Charles Dickens chose to mention the inn in his novel Pickwick Papers, for it so perfectly reflects the character and charm of the England of yester-year.
This delightful hamlet lies in one of the richest natural history area's in England, containing the burial places of people from pre-history and almost unknown centuries. It is hauntingly beautiful countryside to explore and one should not leave until you have seen all that the region has to offer.
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