enhancing the everyday stencils: carved Osmington saxons white horse Wiltshire
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The Saxons carved white horses into the chalk downs of southern England. This one at Uffington< oxfordshire, was carved more than 1,000 years ago.
The Wiltshire White Horse
The Horses you can see today are relatively new, certainly when compared to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire, which is around 3,000 years old. The oldest Wiltshire horse is the Westbury (or Bratton) Horse, sited on a very steep slope with magnificent views of the Vale of Pewsey below and Bratton Camp, an Iron Age hill fort above. Like others, the present horse covers an earlier example, and dates from 1778. At 55½ metres from nose to tail and 33 metres from ear to hoof, it is also the largest and can be seen from 20 miles on a clear day.
The Osmington White Horse, outside Sutton Poyntz, UK, is carved into the white chalk on the hillside. These horse-carved shapes are called “Leucippotomy”. Take a ride at Google Maps