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The Cherhill white horse is the second oldest of the Wiltshire horses. It is situated on the edge of Cherhill Down, off the A4 Calne to Marlborough road just east of the village of Cherhill, and is just below the earthwork known as Oldbury Castle. Nearby is the obelisk known as the Lansdowne Monument. Very well placed high on a steep slope, the horse is easily visible from below and from a distance.

It may well have been inspired by the Westbury horse, as it was cut in 1780, just two years after that first Wiltshire horse was recut to a new design. The Cherhill white horse is the work of a Dr Christopher Alsop of Calne, sometimes referred to as “the mad doctor”. He is said to have directed the marking out of the horse from a distance, calling instructions through a megaphone. Dr Alsop’s design for the horse may have been influenced by the work of his artist friend George Stubbs, famous for his paintings of horses and other animals.

A Stich of four images, Processed in CS3

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horse, grass, hill, wiltshire, marlborough, cherhill, white horse

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Colin, beautifully composed to show the horse in this wonderful landscape …

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  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot, Colin.

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  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    A really terrific composition!!!!, Bill

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  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    Shot Colin.

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    Great landscape and composition… John

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  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Excellent composition, Colin!

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  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    I know everybody else has said it, but it IS a great compositon :o) Love the silhouette of the trees.

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  • Lorraine Parramore
    Lorraine Parra...over 4 years ago

    neat composition, can just imagine it galloping off….

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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    In 1952, just before I arrived at RAF Yatesbury, on the otherside of the A4, some RAF Boys painted this horse to look like a Zebra.
    Nice shoot Col,
    Cheers Neil

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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Colin!! – I remember flying over this many years ago

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