THE VILLAGE OF AVEBURY.
Before the recent depopulation of the village the craft shop was once the main Post Office for the village. In the seventeenth century the craft shop was once a Tannery, and all that remains are several pits, which can be found in the back garden of the craft shop, which now remain the only evidence to this building.
Photograph of Main Street. Showing craft shop (left) Post Office (right).
Walking down the main high street of Avebury, you will come across the Victorian Farm workers cottages. As you pass the cottages, you will discover the path, that leads to the National Trust Shop situated on the edge of the old Farmyard. The National Trust shop includes Souvenirs, and many books on the history of Avebury, and products from local cottage industries, which have been present in the area since the victorian era.
Photograph of workers cottages with path to National Trust shop and Stones.
Stones Restaurant is located in a fine example of Victorian architecture within the Farmyard itself. An inviting stop with fine food from its traditional vegetarian menu, with facilities to sit outside, and enjoy the relaxing quiet farm yard, as you ponder over the amazing sites of the area.
Photograph of Stones Restaurant (left) & Museum (right)
The Great Barn which houses the Rural Life Museum was built in the seventeenth century, and is a wonderful example of the many barns still standing throughout the Wiltshire countryside.
The barn was badly damaged by severe storms in the 1960's, but a rescue appeal was launched, and in the late seventies it was fully restored and reopened as a museum. Its located next to Stones Resturant, and includes many artifacts and Crafts from the local population.