Vale of White Horse  Oxfordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Vale of White Horse like this:

WHITE HORSE (Vale of the), the valley of the river Ock, in Berks; extending about 15 miles east-north-eastward, from the vicinity of Shrivenham, to the vicinity of Abingdon. It takes its name from the figure of a galloping horse, on the NW face of a chalk hill 893 feet high, and 4 miles SE of Shrivenham. ...

The figure is said to be a memorial of Ethelred and Alfred's victory of Æscendune; measures 374 feet in. length, and about an acre in superficies; can be seen, in favourable weather, at a distance of so much as 15 miles; undergoes a scouring, at an annual rustic festival, by the neighbouring inhabitants; and is the subject of a curious ballad in the Berkshire dialect. The hill is crowned by a large oval camp, and commands very fine views. Wayland Smith's cave, celebrated in Sir Walter Scott's "Kenilworth," is in the vicinity.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 01st July 2022

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