BRATTON CAMP AND WHITE HORSE, Westbury, Wiltshire. Aerial view. Below an Iron Age hill fort, enclosing a much earlier long barrow, stands the Westbury White Horse. Cut into the hillside in 1778, this replaced an older horse, possibly commemorating King Alfreds nearby victory over the Vikings
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EDITORS COMMENTS This aerial view showcases the historic Bratton Camp & White Horse in Westbury, Wiltshire. Nestled below an Iron Age hill fort, this remarkable site holds significant historical importance. The fortified hilltop served as a strategic defense during ancient times, providing protection to its inhabitants and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding rural landscape. What truly steals the spotlight is the magnificent Westbury White Horse, proudly etched into the hillsides since 1778. This iconic symbol replaced a previous horse that potentially commemorated King Alfred's triumphant victory over the Vikings in close proximity. The photograph by Damian Grady beautifully captures both elements of this extraordinary location. The intricate details of Bratton Camp showcase its iron age fortification while highlighting its connection to an even earlier long barrow. Meanwhile, the striking image of the Westbury White Horse serves as a testament to human ingenuity and artistic expression throughout history. As we gaze upon this print from Historic England, we are transported back in time and reminded of our ancestors' resourcefulness and resilience. It serves as a powerful reminder that even amidst changing landscapes and evolving societies, traces of our past continue to shape our present-day understanding and appreciation for heritage sites like Bratton Camp & White Horse.
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