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Mazes and Labyrinths

24 25 Two miles outside Oxford lies the village of Temple Cowley and here was once found the most simple labyrinth in the country. The Order of the Knights Templar were once the landowners, and members of this erudite and secretive body used to walk the path as part of their initiations. The labyrinth was sadly destroyed in 1852. This is the only example of a fourcircuit labyrinth known to have existed anywhere in the British Isles it measured sixteen and a half feet across. As in all good labyrinths the walker initially heads straight for the centre but is diverted on a much longer journey in the process. A useful rhyme elaborating on this theme was reputedly recited by those walking this design So my boy, you wish to marry, Twere better far for you to tarry. Each ones loads enough to carry, And its doubled when you marry. TArry TOwN sone Templar turns
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