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272                                        THE LONG MAN                            ch. xxviii
is a rude figure cut in the turf by the monks of the Benedictine priory that once flourished here, the ruins of which are now incorporated (like Alciston Grange) in a farm house on the east of the village. At least, it is thought by some antiquaries that the effigy is the work of the monks ; others pronounce it druidical. The most alluring of several theories, indeed, would have the figure to represent Pol or Balder, the Sun God, push­ing aside the doors of darkness— Polegate (or Bolsgate) near by being brought in as evidence.
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