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Long Man of Wilmington

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Tourist attraction
Location type: Tourist attraction
Location address: United Kingdom, Wealden, Long Man
Number of texts: 1
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The Long Man of Wilmington is a hill figure located near Wilmington, East Sussex, England, on the steep slopes of Windover Hill. It is 9.6 kilometres (6 mi) northwest of Eastbourne and 500 metres (1,600 ft) south of the village of Wilmington. It was formerly often known as the Wilmington Giant, or locally as the Green Man. The Long Man is 69.2 metres (227 ft) tall, holds two “staves”, and is designed to look in proportion when viewed from below. Formerly thought to originate in the Iron Age or even the neolithic period, more recent archaeological work has shown that the figure may have been cut in the Early Modern era – the 16th or 17th century AD. From afar the design appears to have been carved from the underlying chalk; however, the modern figure is actually formed from white-painted breeze blocks.

Linked characteristics: Spectacular, Did you know..., Peculiar
Linked themes: History, Top things to do, Art, Legends and myths, Archeology

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