Cerne Abbas Giant, Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas Giant
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This intriguing chalk figure of a club-wielding naked man may be a drawing of a fertility god, Hercules... or Oliver Cromwell. No one knows exactly when or why it was made.

Go Historic ID
318994
Short URL
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Names
Cerne Abbas Giant
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Cerne Abbas, England
Coordinates
50.813694° N, 2.474740° W
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

1694
First Record of Cerne Abbas Giant

First record of the Cerne Abbas Giant, in the accounts of the churchwarden of St. Mary's Church in Cerne Abbas. He reports that 3 shillings were paid for "repairing ye Giant."

1997
A Girlfriend for the Cerne Abbas Giant

Students from Bournemouth University provide the Cerne Abbas Giant with a temporary female friend as a field archaeology experience.

1774
Cerne Abbas Giant = Oliver Cromwell?

Rev. John Hutchins claims the Cerne Abbas Giant was created by Lord Denzil Holles, the owner of the hill from 1642-66, to satirize the puritanical rule of Oliver Cromwell.

November 12, 2006

Resources

  1. The Cerne Abbas Giant Mysterious Britain.