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Avebury village shares its name with the prehistoric monument of stone circles, also known as Avebury. The village is a small linear village with cottages of various architectural styles and ages, some thatched, some with slate roofs, which spreads out along the short High Street. On the edge of the village is Avebury Manor and Garden and the parish church. The whole complex is owned by The National Trust. Avebury Manor is a Grade 1 listed early 16th century manor house.


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St. James' Church has an 11th-century Saxon nave in which two original Saxon windows survive.  It is Grade I listed.

The Avebury monument is a henge, a type of monument consisting of a large circular bank with an internal ditch. Radiocarbon dating suggests that it was made by the middle of the third millennium BC. Constructed over several hundred years in the Third Millennium BC, during the Neolithic, or New Stone Age, the monument comprises a large henge (a bank and a ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two separate smaller stone circles situated inside the centre of the monument. Its original purpose is unknown, although archaeologists believe that it was most likely used for some form of ritual or ceremony.

Avebury is a World Heritage Site, seen as a part of the wider prehistoric landscape of Wiltshire known as Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites.

Avebury is on the A4361, 8 miles north-east of Devizes and about 5.5 miles west of Marlborough.

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