The Cerne Abbas Giant
The South's man-made wonders
There's several man-made wonders around the South of England, including a few in Dorset. A BBC Radio Solent campaign asked for yours, and here's a selection of some of the favourites from around the whole region.
Cerne Abbas Giant
There are numerous theories as to when and why the giant was created - one of the more popular being that it is a representation of the Greek-Roman god Hercules, who is often represented with a club and an animal fur.
The theory given the most weight by historians is that it was created during the reign of the Emperor Commodus between 180 - 193 AD. Or others say it could only be a few hundred years old!
The New Forest
Believe it or not the New Forest also belongs in the man-made category. It was created in 1079 by William I (known as William the Conqueror) as a hunting area, principally of deer.
The Forest has National Park status and is home to about 34,400 people. It's also inhabited by a huge variety of wildlife including the famous New Forest ponies.
During the mid nineteenth century, the fortifications on Portsdown Hill above Portsmouth were just part of the line of defence that stood between England and the powerful French navy.
However the fear of invasion proved groundless, and they became known as Palmerston's Folly, after the then Prime Minister, Lord Palmeston who ordered the building of the fortifications.
Best known as the island retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight was transformed from a modest Georgian house into a Royal Palace by the architect Thomas Cubitt during the mid-nineteenth century.
Once all the work was complete, a pair of Italianate towers dominated the landscape of terrace fountains and rolling parklands and looked out at passing ships in the nearby Solent.
Launched in 1765 at Chatham Dockyard, Victory has been the centre-piece of this years Trafalgar 200 celebrations in Portsmouth. Retired from frontline duty in 1812, Victory still remains flagship of the Second Sea Lord and also serves as a living museum.
It is also infamous for its quarterdeck – the equivalent of a modern ship's Operations Room - where Lord Nelson was felled by a shot from a sniper. He was taken four decks below, where he died four hours later.
And what about others in Dorset? There's Maiden Castle, the giant Iron Age hill fort outside Dorchester, historic Sherborne Abbey and Corfe Castle or maybe Bournemouth Pier? Add your comments and suggestions on the form below.
last updated: 23/06/2008 at 12:30
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