Man spends hundreds of pounds on quirky Stonehenge hobby

One man who has developed a bizarre obsession with making hundreds of Stonehenge replicas from groceries and household items has admitted the memorial doesn’t “bother him that much”.

Matthew Richardson, 45, visited the Wiltshire prehistoric landmark only once as a child but was passionate about recreating it in miniature in 2014 when he noticed his M&S cheese board selection was shaped like the stones.

Mr. Richardson called his hobby “Henging” and has spent hundreds of pounds over the years creating miniature models from the most whimsical materials.

Among his replicas – around 360 in total – were those made from spam, pineapples, garbage cans, jelly, watermelons, sponges, mini cheddars and even edible caterpillars.

Mr Richardson from Leeds in West Yorkshire has immortalized his collection on a bespoke beach towel.

“The only thing I haven’t done yet, but I want to, is a gooseberry henge,” he said.

“I’m very proud of one made from dragon fruit and the Spam variant.

“The funniest thing was one I made out of dog chews – they were so hard to cut that my scissors broke.

“You’d think that jelly is pretty hard to henge, but actually it stays up and wobbles, which is fun.

“The most ridiculous of all time consists of edible caterpillars that I bought from a South African stall in the local market. It was very difficult to get her to stand up. “

Mr. Richardson's Kiwi Stonehenge replica

Mr Richardson admits he has no idea why he continues with his strange hobby and said the real monument doesn’t even bother him that much.

He said he posted a photo online and just let himself be carried away.

Its smallest was made of peas – and one of its largest was watermelon.

Mr. Richardson calls himself a “Hengemaster”.

Stonehenge, near Amesbury, is managed by English Heritage and is now open to the public again after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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