Monday, 23 October 2017

Hidden Henley

IF you walk from Watlington towards Christmas Common, it is all too easy to miss the chalk triangle on the

IF you walk from Watlington towards Christmas Common, it is all too easy to miss the chalk triangle on the hill, even though it is of considerable size.

In fact, it was originally intended to appear to travellers approaching from the Oxford direction as an illusion of the spire on the church tower — market towns carried more weight if their church had a significant spire.

The chalk cutting was created in 1764 by Edward Horne and is more than 200 metres tall.

Some say it is part of a celestial triangle of chalk figures that link Dorset’s “Rude Giant” and the ancient White Horse at Uffington, near Wantage.

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