50 years of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids honoured
You can’t just build a full-scale replica of Stonehenge for no reason, so if you can’t build one in the 50th anniversary year of the founding of Britain’s Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids when can you do it at all?
Yes, we’re continuing Goodwood’s tradition of stunning displays and authentic set dressing with the most extreme example to date, in the shape of a magnificent Stonehenge installation at the entrance to the Rolex Drivers’ Club.
Commissioned by Lord March to be larger than the original (for greater visibility as there will be more people at the Goodwood Revival in September than lived in the entire UK 5,000 years ago*), the installation will also be a celebration of the pre-historic monument’s 99 years in safe hands, after it was bought at auction in 1915 by Cecil Chubb for £6,600 (£500,000 in today’s money).
Some say it was bought to stop it being shipped to America, and it has been suggested the Goodwood version may be offered up for sale after the Revival to offer potential U.S. buyers another chance to take Stonehenge stateside. (One careful owner, sir!)
A number of druids will attend to mark the occasion and will be invited to enact rituals and ceremonies at the site.
Unlike the original, guests will be invited into the monument site, making it a must-visit UK ‘selfie’ destination this September.
*Revival visitors – 150,000/UK population 5000 years ago – 100,000.
(Give or take a few!)