Wiltshire’s White Horse Trail

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The Al­ton Barnes Horse

was cut in 1812. De­signed from a van­tage point on the canal bridge at Honeystreet – still the best place to view it from – the artist dis­ap­peared with the money for the works, mean­ing the landowner, Robert Pile, had to pay a se­cond time for the dig­ging.

The Pewsey Horse

was cut in 1937 by mem­bers of the lo­cal Fire Brigade to cel­e­brate the corona­tion of King Ge­orge VI. It was dug over an ear­lier equine fig­ure dat­ing from 1785 which had al­ready dis­ap­peared due to ne­glect. Best seen from the straight grass track that runs from Pewsey.

The Marl­bor­ough Horse,

the small­est of the eight, was an early ex­am­ple of chalk horse fever. It was cut by pupils of Mr Greasley’s School in 1804. Al­most lost, it was rescued by a for­mer pupil in 1873 who re-drew the legs in walk­ing pose. Best seen from the right of way through the nearby sports ground.

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