Broad Town White Horse
Hackpen White Horse
50cm x 115cm
This is the sixth quilt in the extended series. Owing to the steepness of the hill is sits on, the horse is easy to view once you find it.
The origins of the horse are not exactly clear - and there are several stories surrounding its creation. The most plausible, however, tells of the local farmer, a Mr William Simmonds, who decided he would like a White Horse on the land that was then known as Little Town Farm. He cut a small horse with the stated aim of enlarging it over time. Unfortunately he was forced to give up the farm and so perhaps did not manage to complete his plan.
There is very little else documented about this horse, but one interesting fact I have been able to discover is that like several outstanding landmarks over the British Isles, it was covered over during World war II to prevent it being used as a navigational device and was only uncovered again in 1945.
Visiting the horse
This horse took me a while to find as it is quite well hidden by the many trees that surround it. The best way to find it is to take the B4041 into the village of Broad Town and find the Primary School. There is a layby outside the school for parking. Cross the road, and with the school behind you look up and to the right and find a gap in the hedge. There is a small lane, marked 'private road', but I believe it is fine to walk along this. If you follow this lane you will pass some private garages to the left - continue onto a grassy track. Look right and you will get a great view of the horse. If you keep going there is a track that leads up to the horse. However, the local White Horse Restoration group indicate that the steps that go up to the horse are not safe - so use your judgement if you decide to visit.