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October 2006 - The famous Cerne Giant taken from the viewing area car park.

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September 2014 - The Royal Oak pub with autumnal decoration.

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January 2007 - The Giant Inn - Until June 2006 this was called the Red Lion. It is the last free house in Cerne Abbas.

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August 2007 - Thatched cottage in Long Street.

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August 2007 - The door knocker on the cottage looks like it is an old sun insurance mark.

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August 2007 - Long Street and the Giant Inn.

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August 2007 -  The New Inn with a very colourful set of baskets and tubs.

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September 2014 - The Pitchmarket in Abbey Street.  It is where farmers would pitch their corn sacks on market days for purchasers’ inspection. The street is believed to have been built around 1400 as workshops and ancillary buildings for the Abbey.

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September 2014 - Another view of the Tudor buildings.

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August 2007 - A close up view of the carving above the Pitchmarket door.

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July 2007 - Homer Simpson has appeared at Cerne Abbas. This was part of the publicity to support the new Simpsons film!

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October 2006 - Kettle bridge over the old mill stream.

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May Day 2007 - The Wessex Morris men performing on the Trendle above the giant to welcome the May Day sunrise.

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May Day 2007 - The Trendle situated just above the Giant’s outstretched hand is a small square Iron Age earthwork. The purpose of this earthwork is uncertain although it is widely accepted that a temple once stood here. For hundreds of years it was the local custom to erect a maypole within the earthwork about which childless couples would dance to promote fertility. This custom has not survived, but at day break on every May Day the Wessex Morris Men continue to perform their ancient traditional dances on the Trendle and after-wards in the Market Square in the village

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May Day 2007 - Not long now till the sunrise.

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May Day 2007 - Finally the sun appeared at 5:58.

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August 2007 - Walking up Abbey Road towards Abbey House.

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September 2014 - Abbey House.

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October 2006 - A Benedictine Abbey was established in Cerne in 987. The Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1539 after which it was largely destroyed. A portion of the Abbots Porch and Abbey guesthouse remain. This is the Abbots Porch.

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October 2006 - The Abbey Guesthouse or Hospice.

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January 2007 - The plaque on the wall leading to St Augustine’s well.

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September 2104 - St Augustine’s well.

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September 2014 - Cerne Abbey burial ground and in the background Abbey House.

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January 2007 - The view down the road to the village church of St Mary’s.

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September 2104 - The Tithe Barn. The Tithe Barn dates from the 13th century. It is now a private house.