UK’s spookiest places that have left historians completely baffled for centuries

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The Uffington White Horse is believed to be about 3,000 years old


It’s one of Britain’s weirdest – and rudest – landmarks, and has been baffling historians for years.

Now researchers believe they may finally have dug up some answers about the Cerne Abbas Giant – a 180ft naked man, wielding a club, carved into the chalk on a hillside in Dorset.

Previously thought to be a prehistoric fertility symbol, archaeologists have now dated the attraction to Saxon times between 700-1100AD and suggest it might be an image of their God known as Helith.

But the artwork’s exact origin remains a mystery.

It’s not the only British attraction that has left the experts scratching their heads. Here’s a spooky list of 13 puzzling places around the UK.

The hoof is out there: Uffington White Horse



The Uffington White Horse is believed to be about 3,000 years old

Another unfathomable chalk carving, on a hillside in Oxfordshire, this is reckoned to be 3,000 years old.

Some have even suggested the 360ft figure is not a horse, but a dog or sabre-toothed cat.

Experts have speculated that it could be a tribal symbol and that its alignment is associated with the sun.

Round in circles: Stonehenge



There are many theories as to why the ancient stone circle in Wiltshire is there
There are many theories as to why the ancient stone circle in Wiltshire is there

Dating back 5,000 years, recent research revealed that some of the stones may have been brought overland from Wales.

There are many theories as to why the ancient stone circle in Wiltshire is there, from a burial place to a celestial observatory, but as yet there are no firm answers.

What the hill? Silbury Hill



This 129ft mound is about the same size as one of the smaller Egyptian pyramids
This 129ft mound is about the same size as one of the smaller Egyptian pyramids

Also located in Wiltshire, near the strange Avebury stone circle, this 129ft mound dating to 2400BC is about the same size as one of the smaller Egyptian pyramids.

Containing half a million tonnes of earth, its incredible construction remains unexplained and there are no signs it was a burial site.

Wall I never: Shell Grotto



This amazing underground grotto in Margate covers 2,000 square feet
This amazing underground grotto in Margate covers 2,000 square feet

Revealed to the public in 1835, the amazing underground grotto in Margate covers 2,000 square feet and is covered in a mosaic of 4.6million seashells.

But no-one knows why the masterpiece is there, who created it or when.

Theories cover everything from use by freemasons or an aristocrat’s folly.

Code it be? Rosslyn Chapel



Rosslyn Chapel dates back to the 15th century
Rosslyn Chapel dates back to the 15th century

Featured in the Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code and the 2006 movie, the Scottish chapel near Edinburgh dates back to the 15th century.

It is filled with strange carvings that have seen it linked to the secretive Knights Templar and even a notion that it houses the legendary Holy Grail.

Stone me: London Stone



Legend says if the London Stone is ever moved, the city will fall
Legend says if the London Stone is ever moved, the city will fall

A large chunk of limestone is housed in a crypt in the capital’s Cannon Street.

For hundreds of years it has been associated with a legend that if it is moved the city of London will fall.

Experts say it could be Roman but have failed to explain where it came from or its original function.

Subterranean secret: Williamson Tunnels



No one knows why eccentric tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson built the tunnels
No one knows why eccentric tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson built the tunnels

Lying underneath Liverpool’s Edge Hill are tunnels created by the eccentric tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson in the early 1800s.

But no-one has yet explained the reason for them, with one wilder theory suggesting that he was a member of a secret sect planning for the end of the world.

Spooky chamber: Royston Cave



Royston Cave is covered in carvings of mythical creatures and Christian martyrs
Royston Cave is covered in carvings of mythical creatures and Christian martyrs

Rediscovered in the Hertfordshire town by a workman in 1742, the mysterious 26ft high, 17ft wide circular chamber is covered in carvings of mythical creatures and Christian martyrs.

Another site located with the Knights Templar, this 14th century enigma may also have been a prison.

Ancient writes: Skara Brae



The remains of a Neolithic village on the Orkney islands dates back to 3180BC
The remains of a Neolithic village on the Orkney islands dates back to 3180BC

The remains of a Neolithic village on the Orkney islands dates back to 3180BC but was mysteriously abandoned.

Archaeologists have found bemusing carved stone balls and runic writing that they have yet been unable to decipher.

Zombie curse: Wharram Percy



The remains of the Norman church at the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy
The remains of the Norman church at the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy

The Yorkshire village was deserted following the 14th century Black Death and later economic woes.

A mystery of butchered bodies found there led to a theory that starving villagers resorted to cannibalism.

Recent research suggests they were mutilated to stop them “rising from the dead”!

X-rated explanation: Chesterfield Church Spire



There's an X-rated local legend about the twisted Chesterfield Church Spire
There’s an X-rated local legend about the twisted Chesterfield Church Spire

Experts are not sure exactly how the 14th century spire of the Derbyshire landmark got its famous twist.

A cheeky legend has it that a virgin once married in the church, and the church was so surprised that the spire turned around to look at the bride.

Another suggests that it was the work of the Devil.

Spellbinding: Mother Shipton’s Cave



The Yorkshire cave is associated with a legendary local witch
The Yorkshire cave is associated with a legendary local witch

The Yorkshire cave, famous for its nearby petrifying well, is associated with the birth of 15th century soothsayer Ursula Sontheil, known as Mother Shipton, who was famously ugly and believed by many to have been a witch.

Arthur’s seat: Tintagel Castle



A tourist walks the paths of Tintagel Castle overlooking the coast
A tourist walks the paths of Tintagel Castle overlooking the coast

Linked to the legendary King Arthur by 12th century scribe Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Historians have since searched fruitlessly for evidence that the figure was associated with the rocky outcrop on the North Cornwall coast and a nearby cave where wizard Merlin is said to have taken him in as an infant.





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