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Encyclopedia > Westbury White Horse

The Westbury White Horse is a chalk carving on Salisbury Plain in England. It is the oldest of several white horses carved in Wiltshire. It was restored in 1778, but prior to that its origins are unclear. It has been suggested that it was created in 878 to commemorate the Battle of Ešandun.


See also: chalk figures in the United Kingdom.


External links

  • http://www.wiltshire-web.co.uk/history/horse.htm

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Wiltshire County Council | Westbury White Horse Viewing Area (193 words)
Westbury White Horse Viewing Area is a small site with a car park that allows unrestricted views of the historic Westbury White Horse high up on the chalk scarp.
The Westbury White Horse is the oldest hill figure in the county and perhaps the most prominent.
The current horse dates back to 1778 but there has been a white horse at Westbury as far back as AD 878 when the Saxons carved the first horse to commemorate Alfred’s defeat of the Danes at Ethandun.
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