Terracotta Angel, c.1896
Watts Chapel, England

 Photo : Jeff Saward/Labyrinthos

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Once common throughout the British Isles and Germany, turf labyrinths were once a popular feature of village fairs and other festivities, but only a handful of historic examples survive. Many were situated on village greens or commons, often near churches, but other times on hilltops or in remote locations. Often difficult to date, the eight surviving historic turf labyrinths in England range from the late medieval to the 19th century. In recent years they have been joined by a number of modern examples and replicas in parks and playgrounds, on hilltops and headlands.

We also have a map of the historic turf labyrinths in England, with information about each labyrinth location and visiting information.

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Town Common, Saffron Walden, Essex; 1699

Photo : Jeff Saward/Labyrinthos

English Turf Labyrinths

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