Uffington Horse (White Horse)

This gigantic earthwork best known as the “Uffington Horse,” is located on a hillside in Oxfordshire, England, and dates to the Bronze age. Measuring almost four hundred feet long, the figure was created by filling dug trenches with powdered chalk.

The horse is one of many chalk figures scatted across the English countryside. It has been speculated that the horse is possibly a remnant of worship of the Celtic Goddess Epona, or the sun God Belenus. Others note the extended tail and contend that the “horse” is actually a dragon.  The figure may be a remnant part of a giant zodiac comprised of chalk figures, the majority of which are now missing.

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James May 1, 2015 at 3:02 pm

This strikes me as incredibly similar to the coat of arms for the Frey family whose crest is three white horses upon a green background. I know they probably aren’t connected however I thought I’d bring it up in case they perhaps were,

LJ Coen August 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I want to stitch a needlepoint (NOT CROSS STITCH) design and have been cruising the net looking at designs…I am a horse lover and saw this chalk horse…can you lead me to a website that sells needlepoint canvases (10 pt) that are Celtic/Druid in design? Thanks! Your site is so very wonderful…LJ

Jennifer September 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

That sounds really lovely, but I’m afraid I don’t know of any. Perhaps one of our readers can point one out?

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