Sticks and stones

One of the completed models I am to make is of the present view, naturally. But also two versions when it was in ‘disrepair.’

  1. One before the 1901 straightening of Stone 56 and
  2. another version around 1902 when long wooden props were placed around the outer circle.

Untouched, but supported

Prior to the straightening of the central trilithon’s only remaining upright, Stone 56, it was a natural romantic ruin with only timber scaffold on stones 6 and 7. The central horseshoe’s Trilithon Four fell in 1797 and behind it, Stone 21 and its lintel fell in 1900 (all fixed in 1958). Read of the monument’s repairs between 1881 – 1939.

timber scaffold supporting Stones 6 and 7 at Stonehenge
Cole and Antrobus’ timber scaffold of 1881. The twist in the trilithon is obvious.
view of Stonehenge showing leaning stone 56 and timber supports
The leaning Stone 56 and timber supports of 1881. Trilithon Two looks bad too!
View of the outer circle
With the timber joists and lintel supporting the lintel Stone 107.


After the straightening of Stone 56 long wooden poles propped up Stone 29, 30, 1 and 2 and on stones 6 and 7. The twists in the septlithon and trilithon respectively are quite obvious, seen in the photos below.

View along the lintels of the septlithon
The septlithon comprising of Stone 29, 30 and 1 and 2. Clearly showing the twist of danger.
The septlithon looking toward the Heel Stone with the props behind.
The septlithon looking toward the Heel Stone with the props behind.
View of straightened 56 and propped 6 and 7
The now straight Stone 56 and propped 6 and 7
View of Stonehenge after 1902
The septlithon 29, 30 and 1, 2 propped, to the left the props on Stone 6.
Aerial view of Stonehenge
View from a tethered Royal Engineers balloon in the summer of 1906. The twist in the trilithon Stones 6 and 7 on the left and the nearly fallen septlithon at the bottom of the photographs are obvious. As is the growing twist in Trilithon Two. Over on the right of this aerial view are the fallen Trilithon Four (fell backward in 1797) and the trilithon of the outer ring, the fallen Stone 22 and its lintel – which broke into two parts after falling forward onto T4’s lintel.
Teenagers sitting in the hollow of Stone 60
There are also repairs made in 1958 that will not be in either of these models.
View of Stonehenge with druids
Ancient Order of Druids Stonehenge 1905 admitting new recruits. Showing the props on the outer circle’s septlithon on the far right and the props on Stone 6.
Stonehenge custodian’s hut with propped stones