Alton Barnes White Horse


General Information

National Grid Ref SU 107 637

Aerial Pic

This horse faces SSE on a steepish slope below and between Milk hill and Walkers hill at about 750 above sea level. It is 160 by 166 in size and can be seen from many places in the flat plain to the south of the horse. Good views can be had from the Alton Priors road, and the Lockeridge road approaching the horse itself. A little further on there is a parking space where a footpath leads the way a mile or so to the horse, it is along this path where the it bears left to the horse that the best view can be had. The horse is in good condition with finely compacted chalk, although a few edges are slightly overgrown.

History.

This horse is based on the earlier Cherhill horse, constructed in 1812 by John Thorne who was paid 20 by Robert Pile, he then commissioned John Harvey to do the work and absconded with the money and the horse was later finished at further expense to Robert Pile. Thorpe was later hanged, but it was his design and position that was used for the horse. The horse has changed considerably over the years, the neck becoming thinner, the eye becoming enlargened and the addition of ears and lips and the improvement of the shape of the legs have all been carried out. The horse is disproportionately tall to prevent foreshortening. The upkeep is uncertain although subscription paid for some scourings in the middle of the 19th century and Scouts and Guides scoured the horse in the early part of this century.

Maps

Map showing the Location of the Alton Barnes Horse

Photos

The horse lit on 21st December 2005 click here for more pics

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Aerial Pic

Reproduced with kind permission of Kath AKA Aliak from Flickr

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Reproduced with kind permission of Dae Sasitorn and Adrian Warren - www.lastrefuge.co.uk

The Horse from Below

The Alton Barnes Horse from Below

The Horse from Below

The Alton Barnes Horse from Below

The Horses Head

The Alton Barnes Horses Head

The Alton Barnes Horses Head

The Horse from Milk Hill

The Alton Barnes Horse from Milk Hill

The horse from a distance

The Alton Barnes Horse from a Distance

The Alton Barnes Horse from a Distance

Aerial Photo

Aerial Photo

Aerial Photo

Photo courtesy of Ron Dobree-Carey and Mel Morris Jones

Restoration

Photo courtesy of Pete Glastonbury