Plans for Bronze and Iron Age-themed prehistoric visitor attraction in York revealed - including replica Stonehenge

A new prehistoric visitor attraction is planned for York - including a replica of Stonehenge.

York
York

The venue would have areas based on the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age periods.

Plans feature a Neolithic long house and long barrow, Iron Age roundhouses and animal pens for pigs, goats and sheep.

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The venue would be based off Narrow Lane in Wigginton and a planning application has been submitted by Mr J Parish, supported by the University of York.

The venue could be called Wichestun - which was apparently the name of Wigginton in the 11th century.

A letter from the head of the department of archaeology at the university, Professor Nicky Milner, says: “We are excited by the proposed plans which would see a number of prehistoric archaeological buildings replicated in order for school children and the general public to have a ‘prehistoric experience’.

“York is known internationally for its archaeological heritage. Most of the archaeological attractions in York relate to historical periods. Yet Yorkshire has a rich prehistoric past which deserves the attention this centre will bring.

“Prehistory is now taught at Key Stage Two, with local schools often approaching us for resources for teaching. Having such a centre on our doorstep will thus be hugely beneficial for schools in this region.

“We look forward to working with the team at Wichestun in both the planning and running of the centre, with exciting opportunities for intellectual exchanges, outreach and student placements.”

The site in is Green Belt land - but the applicant argues it will be used for education and the venue will not diminish the open space.

Access would be from Sutton Road and the car park would have space for up to 48 cars.

Solar panels would be installed between the Mesolithic and Iron Age areas to provide electricity for the venue.