3rd January 1797 - a Stonehenge trilithon falls

StonehengeAccording to ‘The History and Antiquities of Wiltshire and the City of Salisbury. Communicated to the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of Great Britain’, which was held at Salisbury, July, 1849.

Time has not been wholly foiled in his attack on these stalwart giants ; but has left the marks of his ravages on them as on other parts of the temple.

Of the shortest pair of trilithons enumerated above, the one on the left is yet standing in a perfect state ; and one of the uprights remains of that on the right j but the other upright, together with the impost, is prostrate, and either stone is broken into three pieces.

Of the next pair, again, the one to the left survives, and in beautiful preservation, exacting admiration for the evenness of its surface and the sharpness of its angles.

The opposite trilithon, its partner, after having sustained the shock of ages, bowed its head and fell prostrate backward against the outer circle, on January 3d, 1797- Neither of its uprights, nor the impost, have suffered injury ; except, indeed, that to which they have since been subjected at the angles by the hands of barbarous man[1].


At the time of writing, the text was available here:

[1] Full text of “Memoirs illustrative of the history and antiquities of Wiltshire and the city of Salisbury”