Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities Blog New post The White Horse of Uffington

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog has always been intrigued by the white chalk images carved into the southern English hills. Here’s the latest post from Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities blog shedding some light on this intriguing phenomenon. Keep scrolling down to read on.

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The White Horse of Uffington

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Although chalk figures appear in many places throughout the world, there is one region in particular that has a wealth of them. Mighty figures of men with clubs, ogres and rampant steeds, acres in extent, and visible across great counties, decorate the hillsides in Southern England. Horses are especially abundant, with the finest of them to be found in Berkshire. This is the Uffington White Horse, located just two miles south of the tiny village of Uffington in the Berkshire Downs. It lies at the centre of a cluster of well-known landmarks thick with folkloric and literary associations, including the Neolithic barrow Wayland’s Smithy, of which much is told in Walter Scott’s Kenilworth, the pre-Roman Ridgeway, a hill fort called Uffington Castle, and the naturally flat-topped Dragon Hill, where Saint George is said to have slain the dragon. While the Uffington White Horse is a majestic creature measuring approximately 360 by 130 feet, it is not just size that makes it unique. It possesses two other traits that none of the other existing white horses have – antiquity and unique artistry. Indeed, this particular chalk figure may have served as the inspiration for all those that followed it.

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ghostcities | January 18, 2015 at 2:00 am | Tags: Chalk Figure, Uffington, White Horse | Categories: Folklore, History, Legend, Mythology | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-oQ

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