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Alton Barnes White Horse

The Alton Barnes White Horse is a chalk hill figure of a white horse located on Milk Hill some 1,000 metres north of the village of Alton, Wiltshire. The horse is approximately 180 feet high and 160 feet long and was cut in 1812 under the commission of local farmer Robert Pile. Pile instructed inn sign painter John Thorne to design and cut the horse, although Thorne conned Pile by leaving with his advance sum while employing local resident John Harvey to cut the horse instead. It is based on another white horse hill figure in Wiltshire, the Cherhill White Horse and is the second-biggest of nine white horses in Wiltshire.

 

Recently re-chalked, see

www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2019-07-30/tonnes-of-chalk-a...

 

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Taken on September 12, 2019