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The Alton Barnes White Horse

The Alton Barnes White Horse

Measuring 180 feet high by 165 feet long with an eye of 12 feet circumference, Robert Pile of Manor Farm, Alton Barnes, paid for its creation
in 1812 so that his village might be on an equal footing with the white horses of Cherhill and Marlborough. John Thorn, a jouneyman
painter, produced a drawing of how the finished horse should look on the side of the hill, set men to work, then made away
with the twenty pounds he had been paid to get the job done. So Robert Pile ended up cutting it himself.

Horses like this one were cut into the chalk hills of Wiltshire by removing the green turf, revealing the soft, white limestone underneath.
The horse seems to have been well looked after over the years, with fairly regular scouring. Recent scourings have been achieved
with the assistance of helicopters from Upavon that have flown in the chalk necessary for the cleaning. Today, the horse
is in a fairly fragile condition due to the relentless action of the hundreds of rabbits that inhabit the area, and a
fence is now protecting the site from the visitors. The horse has been lit on several occasions
by candlelight in recent years.

Eight white horses are still visible in the county of Wiltshire. See

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Leslie Cohelan31-Oct-2008 01:29
your picture is great and the history fascinating...I love the image
aurore_gilles11-Sep-2008 11:11
I didn't know it! thanks for sharing!
john savage20-Aug-2008 01:25
Very nice image and great story. Thanks for sharing. V
carol j. phipps28-Jul-2008 00:35
Amazing ! Thanks for sharing! V
Joanne Kamo10-Jul-2008 03:21
An unusual sight, gorgeous capture of it with the flowers in bloom. Also enjoyed the excellent info. V
peterjay4509-Jul-2008 15:49
Nice shot, Jay, and very interesting history. V.
Alina08-Jul-2008 14:52
Great capture and interesting story! v
Sam_C08-Jul-2008 03:45
Excellent shot, thanks for the informative caption! BV!
Martha Albuquerque08-Jul-2008 00:00
excellent, v~
1moremile07-Jul-2008 22:35
Beautiful and interesting history. Are they sure aliens didn't do this? Kidding. Never heard of this so thanks for posting. Voted.
Carol Breton07-Jul-2008 12:53
What an amazing thing to do and it has been kept up over so many years!
Excellent image and info Jay. V
Hank Vander Velde07-Jul-2008 02:44
Nice shot, nice history Jay. Thanks for sharing. V.
Bryan Murahashi06-Jul-2008 16:18
Beautiful scene with the hillside horse and wildflowers. V
QUERIDO06-Jul-2008 07:16
Excellent shot,vote
Debbie Blackburn Beierle05-Jul-2008 06:52
Very "cool" historical capture, Jay!!! Excellently done! THANK YOU for the history lesson on this photographic! VERY interesting!
Fong Lam04-Jul-2008 18:00
Must be a daunting task to create this piece of artwork.
Enjoyed your interesting information and a fantastic capture, Jay.
Janet Forjan-Freedman04-Jul-2008 17:48
Very cool and interesting capture!
Jeff Waldorff04-Jul-2008 13:15
And a great story!
Jeff Waldorff04-Jul-2008 13:14
Excellent capture with the flowers in the foreground, Jay!
Char04-Jul-2008 12:44
Hi Jay,
An excellent capture of this interesting and unusual landmark. Thanks for the details I have never seen or heard of these before. \/
olivier bruning04-Jul-2008 07:28
lovely...thatnks for the story that goes along with it!
January Grey04-Jul-2008 05:39
Very interesting information, Jay. Looks like this horse has been embroidered on the hillside! Gorgeous shot! V~
Jean D04-Jul-2008 03:13
Well captured and thanks for the very descriptive caption, Jay!!
Jess. ( Lady.D.)04-Jul-2008 02:52
Very nicely taken Jay, lovely exposure and light....
Máire Uí Mhaicín03-Jul-2008 23:37
A great recording of a most interesting landmark.-v-
coaster03-Jul-2008 23:33
Interesting story and photo.
Sofia Solomennikova03-Jul-2008 23:06
A very unique sight, and an exciting story to go with this wonderful capture, V
Marcia Colelli03-Jul-2008 19:16
very nice and interestingt symbol for there farm. nice capture V
Peter Stahl03-Jul-2008 17:36
Excellent shot and great info Jay! GMV.
Tom Munson03-Jul-2008 16:45
Great shot and terrific story, Jay. Well done. v
Marjan Schavemaker03-Jul-2008 16:10
Excellent picture, Jay! V
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