Westbury White Horse


General Information

National Grid Ref ST 89845160

Aerial Pic

The concrete horse recently restored and painted is in excellent condition. 108 long by 182 high. It is on the very steep escaparment of Bratton Down at about 600' just below Bratton camp. It can be well seen from quite a distance. The horse has a paved eye black and the horse is edged in stone, which well defines all the features.

History

The horse was cut in 1778 by Mr Gee who replaced the old horse with a more modern beast. The current horse is larger and faces left and its body completely covers the first horse. It was restored in 1853 and 1872. It was edged in stone 1873. Significant changes were made to the shape in 1903 and 1936. It was covered during the war and following its uncovering it was concreted. (1957) This was repeated in 1995. The horse is cared for by English Heritage. The extreme method of restoring this horse was used due the the continued erosion of the horse because of the steepness of the slope.

Maps

Map of the Position of Westbury Horse

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

References

Bergamar, K. (1986) Discovering Hill Figures. 3rd edn. Princes Risborough: Shire. 45-47.
Maples, M. (1981) White Horses and Other Hill Figures. 2nd edn. Stroud: Alan Sutton. 61-64, 67-76.
Newman, P. (1987) Gods and Graven Images: The Chalk Hill-Figures of Britain. 2nd edn. London: Robert Hale. 54-61.
Bergamar, K. (1968) Discovering Hill Figures. 1st edn. Princes Risborough: Shire. 46-48.
Bergamar, K. (1997) Discovering Hill Figures. 4th edn. Princes Risborough: Shire. 90-94.
Levien, D.V. (1923) Wessex white horses and other turf landmarks on the great western railway. London: Great Western Railway.
Young, J. and Young, M. (1990) A tour of the white horses uffington and the six in wiltshire. Marlborough: J & M Young.

Diagrams

The Horse Changed over the Years

Photos

The Horse illuminated

Reproduced with kind permission of Lou - AKA The Untrained Eye on Flickr

Aerial Pic Aerial Pic

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

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Close Up of the Horse Close Up of a Hoof The Horse showing concrete lines The Horse from a Distance

Close Up of a Hoof The Horse from a Distance

Aerial Photo

Photo courtesy of Ron Dobree-Carey and Mel Morris Jones

2006 Photo's

The Horse The Horse The Horse Abseil Fixing point The Horse Me and The Horse Me and The Horse The Horse