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TRADITIONAL LABYRINTHS DATE BACK 1,000 YEARS.

TURF mazes are believed to date back to Roman times but enjoyed a revival in England during the medieval period.

In the Tudor period they became a characteristic feature in gardens of the aristocracy.

There are many traditional designs with some classic names being Mizmaze,Troy Town,Shepherd's Race and Julian's Bower.

Traditional turf mazes range from 25ft to80ft in diameter. Usually a path is cut about six inches into a circle of turf and filled with gravel.

The Shepherd's Race maze at Southport will be a perfect example of a unicusal maze since it has no branches.

A Welsh historical document,Drych y Prif Oesoedd,published in 1740 makes note of the curious custom shepherds had of cutting the turf in the form of a labyrinth.

It may be an explanation for the name Shepherd's Race attached to many turf mazes.

The name `Troy Town' is believed to refer to a legend which says the city of Troy had seven exterior walls arranged as a maze to frustrate an attacking force.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2003
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