Monday, December 27

The Coincidence Of The Identical Shaftesbury Photos

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
Gold Hill Shaftesbury
Gold's Hill ShaftesburyThe strange thing is that when you become interested in coincidences they seem to be everywhere. Or perhaps you start looking for the slightest thing that may just be one.

This coincidence is about the Calendar that a friend brought us. I opened it up and the picture I saw was the one on the left. "That's exactly like the photo I took of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury when we had a weekend in Dorset (England)," I said to my wife.

Gold Hill is a cobbled street that runs beside the walls of King Alfred's Abbey.

And sure enough when I checked it was identical. The photo I took is the large one at the top of this post. Okay the calendar pic is brighter - they no doubt did some work on it to make it so - but it is an identical view: same cottages, same trees in the background and so on.

It's a small world or maybe everything is simply interlinked - and we don't always remember this.

"Do we see in these singular coincidences the purpose of a supernatural power to enforce the attention of mankind to the fact that there is something more in this world than mere matter."
Ignatius Donnelly, diary entry July 4, 1881.

Further Reading:
67 Not Out Readers Coincidence Stories - 10
The Incredible Coincidence Of The Thai Teachers
The Adoption Coincidence

Bookmark and Share


  1. This is really a good one, Mike. What are the odds??! I actually like your photo better!

  2. i like your photo better as well the other is too bright. what a coincidence.

  3. Beyond the lovely photo..........I believe we are all leave much to think on here........

  4. Anonymous12:34

    Personally I like your picture better.

  5. Anonymous19:29

    interesting, but not really a strange thing. it's just the beautiful view that shows up from that point where the pic was shot. probably there are dozens of more pictures existing like this, shot by other people from exact the same point, just because it's the best angle to capture the beautiful old street.

  6. I have to agree with 'anonymous' - a beautiful shot, but I've taken exactly the same one. it's the perfect spot to take in the street, the houses and the countryside beyond. What are the odds? Pretty good, I'd say.