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HILTON (Cambridgeshire) - Turf Maze

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This Turf Maze was cut in 1660 by William Sparrow to commemorate the restoration of Charles II to the Throne.

The maze, like all turf mazes, is unicursal. That is to say it has one single path, with no wrong turnings, coiled into an endless labyrinth.

The origin of mazes is uncertain, but it has been suggested that they were used as a sort of mini-pilgrimage, to be traversed on one’s knees as a penance - alternatively that they were used in a rite to cast out the Devil, who could move only in straight lines.

Hilton Maze is one of only eight surviving turf mazes in England.

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Location

On the village green