Sculpted into limestone hills north of Weymouth in 1808, the Osmington White Horse is a depiction of King George III riding his famous steed.
Who made the white horse?
Some suggested that it was created during the Anglo-Saxon era, either by King Alfred to celebrate his victory over the Danes in 871 or by Hengist, the first Saxon king, whose emblem was a white horse.
How many white horses are there in England?
There are 16 known white horse hill figures in the UK, or 17 including the painted one at Cleadon Hills.
|Westbury White Horse||Wiltshire||1778|
|Cherhill White Horse||Wiltshire||1780|
|Mormond White Horse||Aberdeenshire||1790s|
|Marlborough White Horse||Wiltshire||1804|
When was White Horse Hill?
Situated 170 metres to the north-east of the hillfort – and visible from a distance of several miles – is the striking chalk-cut figure of a horse. The White Horse, which measures 111 metres from the tip of its tail to its ear, has been dated to the later Bronze Age or Iron Age, between 1740 and 210 BC.
What do white horses symbolize?
The white horse is another horse archetypes that holds cultural and symbolic significance. White horse meaning includes purity, heroism, spiritual enlightenment, and the triumph of good over evil. You can read more about white horse meanings in the sections on the horse in Slavic culture, Hinduism, and Buddhism below.
Where can I see a white horse?
Visitors wanting to get nearer to the White Horse can park in a car park off the B3098 just east of Westbury for an excellent viewing point. Cherhill (1780) located east of Cherhill village beneath Oldbury Castle earthwork. The Horse can be seen well from the A4 and footpaths lead to around the site.