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Julian's Bower

By MalcolmS  
Mazes are associated with the legend of Theseus threading the Cretan labyrinth to slay the minotaur, a common, theme in ancient life.

Turf mazes often bore the name of 'Julian's Bower' or 'Walls of Troy'. It is supposed that the names record the belief that Julius, son of Aeneas, legendary founder of Rome, brought maze games to Italy from Troy after its sacking by the Greeks.

Maze patterns were adopted by the early church as a symbol of the Christian path to salvation and many have been used for penitential purposes.

Because of its likeness to a maze pattern in medievil French churches, it has been suggested that Julian's Bower was first cut by monks from Walcot. In Elizabethan and Stuart times turf mazes were used for sport on the village green and hedge mazes were a common feature in gardens.

Julian's Bower, which is one of the few remaining turf mazes in Britain, was first recorded on 1697 when it was thought to be Roman, but its real age and origin still remain unproven.

In the distance can be seen the confluence of three rivers, the Trent, the Ouse and the Humber and in the mid distance the newly created flood plain.

Looks best large to get the feel of the place.

Tags: General Flowers and plants Maze Landscape and travel Julian and s bower Alkborough

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JouŠo 14 56 Finland
21 Mar 2008 5:42PM
great shot and interesting story, Malcolm......

Happy Easter to you and yours.......


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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
21 Mar 2008 6:14PM
Fascinating, a good narrative to go with this image--- In the US, i have seen mazes cut thru corn fields-- LOL!

dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 6:24PM
Happy Easter to you Malcolm..a beautiful scene, the colours are so natural.
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
21 Mar 2008 6:43PM
Nice one Malcolm.

21 Mar 2008 6:49PM
Lovely shot and interesting story. Sheila
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
21 Mar 2008 6:50PM
Well taken Malcolm can nearly see my house from there LoL (other side of the Trent ) live about mile and half away hell of a swim though

daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 7:07PM
A lovely image Malcolm, and a very interesting light, and story too.


Nettles 11 England
21 Mar 2008 7:24PM
A super shot and interesting story.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
21 Mar 2008 7:50PM
Great shapes Malcolm & a good bit of info there..thankyou.
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 7:57PM
This is 'a maze ing' shot Malcolm. Love the textures and shapes.
21 Mar 2008 9:40PM
Sensational image (and narrative).
arnieg Plus
13 704 England
21 Mar 2008 10:29PM
great over all shot of the maze
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2008 1:01AM
A beautiful and enchanting shot.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
22 Mar 2008 9:22PM
Nice shot Malcolm and interesting information.
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
22 Mar 2008 10:22PM
A mazing work Malcolm............outstandingly composed.take care,AnnSmile
Norma 12 5 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2008 10:37AM
Wow, this is struggling Malcolm,

24 Mar 2008 8:09PM
Great shot Malcolm I wondered whether you would put one of these on show
sospan 10 12 Wales
25 Mar 2008 7:50PM
Interesting historical information and a well captured image.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 8:41PM
Wow, this is gorgeous!
m3lem 12 England
28 Mar 2008 6:01PM
A very dramatic image - well done for your 30th.

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