The Long Man of Wilmington, Wilmington

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The Long Man of Wilmington is a hill figure on the steep slopes of Windover Hill near Wilmington, East Sussex, England. It is 6mi northwest of Eastbourne and 1/3mi south of Wilmington. It was formerly often known as the "Wilmington Giant", or locally as the "Green Man". The Long Man is 235ft 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, a 2003 archaeological investigation has shown that the figure may have been cut in the Early Modern era – the 16th or 17th century AD. From afar the figure appears to have been carved from the underlying chalk; but the modern figure is formed from white-painted breeze blocks and lime mortar.The Long Man is one of two major extant human hill figures in England; the other is the Cerne Abbas Giant, north of Dorchester. Both are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Two other hill figures that include humans are the Osmington White Horse and the Fovant regimental badges. The Long Man is one of two hill figures in East Sussex; the other is the Litlington White Horse.OriginsThe origin of the Long Man remains unclear. For many years the earliest known record was a drawing made by William Burrell when he visited Wilmington Priory, near Windover (or Wind-door) Hill, in 1766. Burrell's drawing shows a figure holding a rake and a scythe, both shorter than the present staves. In 1993, another drawing was discovered in the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth House which had been made by the surveyor John Rowley in 1710, now the first definite date on which the figure is known to have existed.
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  • We found it and took a photo from the road. You can walk to it and it is a pretty location....but we couldn't find a proper car park, only a small area of huge bumps and pot holes! I don't know why we...  more »
  • OK, so it's not Stone Henge... but it has a very similar feel and, my word, what a pretty setting and local village. TOP TIP: GO ON A SUNNY DAY, DRIVE UP PAST THE GIANT'S REST PUB, TURN RIGHT AND FIND...  more »
  • The lime figure is ok, but mainly a tourist attraction. Who going there by car drive, there may be a few spots, not so far from the man parking and then walking in the downs alongside the man. Beautiful surroundings. Also recommended: in front in the street there is a nice Inn: the giant's rest. Who want a small lunch in the afternoon, there's fresh soup, there are sandwiches (with Board tasty lettuce ...) and it is super friendly! Also a nice glass of ale is going well. But not this time, because riding the engine ... you just stay sober, point.
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  • Thai food is very good. Sunday lunch is obviously reheated. Roast pots have thick skins and the rest is piled on top. Meat is very nice and tender tho, it would be as it's very slow cooked. All topped with a very large Yorkshire pudding. I have had worse pub roast, but not many.
  • AVOID IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES OR FOOD REQUESTS After 4 months of visiting the Long Man we found out there is shrimp paste in their curries. Every time we ordered we had the bar staff add into the comments: “Vegan - No fish sauce or animal products." Apparently the kitchen staff never bothered to look at the ingredients they put in our food. For those with shellfish allergies or who are vegetarian / vegan this is unacceptable. We e-mailed management and instead of apologizing or explaining how this happened for so long they suggested we come back. Considering we can’t trust their kitchen it’s unlikely we’ll ever return. I would expect any kitchen to know or at least check what is in their food. As regulars finding out how little effort they put in was a big disappointment. (1-2 visits per week) There are too many fantastic restaurants in Brighton to take our £’s to the Long Man. (Ladies Mile Pub and Sri India nearby are much better)
  • The woman behind the bar said she was busy while us 5 blokes in work gear watched her serve someone, then take her pool shot, before serving us!! Never been so flabbergasted by such rubbish service! Pricey, too.
  • Excellent Thai food great staff freindly
  • Love the Thai food and service, I can't really complain. Looking forward to our next visit ;-)

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