Wilmington Long Man

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The Wilmington Long Man is a figure over 230 feet high cut into chalk of the South Downs. The origins of the Long Man are not clear. Many are convinced the figure is prehistoric, some believe that he is the work of a monk from Wilmington Priory in the 11th and 12th centuries. Roman coins show a similar figure, suggesting that the Long Man belonged to that era. Similar figures have also been found on Anglo-Saxon ornaments.

The Long Man has been subject to a number of revisions and some pranks, including a sex change and a more anatomically correct male version. For more information about the Long Man, please visit the official web site.

The Long Man is located near the A27, 10 miles south east of Lewes.

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