Next day I set off alone in my trusty Corsa to explore more of the area and its history portrayed in museums and galleries. I headed west. My first stop was Andover where I visited the local museum.
It is excellent and full of details about the area and human settlement over the last 10,000 years. I picked up lots of tips where to go to. I also explored the town centre for there was a market.
I drove to a few places before landing at Danebury Ring. I travelled on the local road through interesting landscapes of rolling downs. I went through the villages of Over Wallop, Middle Wallop and Nether Wallop.
I reflected on the names and that of other nearby towns and villages. They have all retained their old German names! Over Wallop must have been Über Wallop, Middle Wallop was Mittel Wallop and Nether Wallop was Neder Wallop. Amazing!
Danebury Ring is a must to see if you are in the area. It is believed to have been constructed about 500BC as a fortified village at the top of a hill. You can still see the inner and outer mounds and ditches and where the houses would have been in the middle. There was only one entrance and exit, for ease of defence.
I walked around the inner mound and thought about how life must have been like so many years ago. I’m glad I wasn’t around then! I left for other places ending the day in Salisbury.