Cherhill White Horse


General Information

National Grid Ref SU 0497 6957

The Cherhill horse is cut high (800) into a very steep slope on Cherhill down, a little below Oldbury castle. It faces NW overlooking the A4 and the village of Cherhill. The horse is 165 by 220 and in good condition made from very fine compacted chalk, the edges are well defined except for the head which is a little overgrown. The eye is unusual constructed of stone and concrete which is raised above the rest of the horse. The horse can be seen for quite a way along the A4 and the best viewing place is by the A4 below the horse, where there is a lay-by to park in on the westbound carriageway. There are footpaths from Cherhill village and from near the parking space with which to approach the horse.

History

The horse was cut in 1780 by Dr Christopher Alsop and was well designed, as it is well proportioned when seen from the ground. The horse was scoured regularly and in 1935 a mixture of concrete and chalk was used. It was camouflaged during the war. It was last scoured in 1994. Also known as the Oldbury White Horse it is under the care of Cherhill parish council.

Maps

Location Map of the Cherhill Horse

Diagrams

The Horse has Changed over the Years

Photos

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

2005

After Renovation

Close Up

Approaching the Horse Approaching the Horse

The Horse from a Distance

Approaching the Horse

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The Horse from the Air

The Horse from the Air The Horse from the Air

Aerial Photo

Photos courtesy of Ron Dobree-Carey and Mel Morris Jones

The Restoration Summer 2002

The Horse Before Restoration The Horse During Restoration Leg Closeup Shuttering Board The Horse During Restoration The Horse After Restoration

Photos courtesy of Bill Daly

2006 Photo's

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