Image by Kurt Thomas Hunt
Avebury is seen as a spiritual centre by many who profess beliefs such as Paganism, Wicca, Druidry and Heathenry, and indeed for some it is regarded more highly than Stonehenge. The pagan festivals all attract visitors, and the summer solstice especially draws increasingly large crowds from the religious to the idly curious. Avebury is said to stand on the St Michael ley line, an alignment that goes across England from Cornwall to East Anglia.
As a documentary film maker, I wanted also to share the ghostly legends attached to the Red Lion pub by filming in an empty bar there, (where a woman was drowned in a well – and haunts the bar) but the Assistant Manager (who would only speak to me through a barman, and never in person) informed me that such activities were strictly forbidden under company policy.
Initially I was told that I couldn’t take any images either, but they relented when the listening crowd of tourists and other patrons in the bar became concerned that they were to be denied the opportunity of taking some holiday pictures.
I am surprised sometimes by the over-reactions I receive from some people when I propose an opportunity to not only shoot, but to give themselves free publicity.
It certainly would not have been inconveniencing to their business, and I wouldn’t have troubled them.
In any case, I also realise that they are free to run their business as they see fit.
If you own, or have access to an interesting historic and haunted building, please let me know, as I may cover it in a future presentation.
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