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Woolbury White Horse

Woolbury Camp, Stockbridge, Hampshire

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This small horse, 27ft long, is constructed of whitewashed flints embedded in the soil. There once was a cross nearby, a few yards from the main Winchester road constructed by the same method. However this was lost in 1944.

This horse is on the southern ramparts of the Woolbury Ring , about 1 mile east of Stockbridge, just outside of the National Trust property. This figure is not very prominent in the countryside, visible only from the camp itself. The horse is well preserved in shape only a few flints being misplaced, mainly from one of the hind legs and the tail.

It is constructed of rough flints painted white. These are pushed lightly into the ground to form the shape of a horse The horse was restored and whitewashed in 1929 and subsequently the two legs were altered to form four.

Its origin is unknown, but the earliest reference to it dates from 1859, although one report says it was made before 1846.

The stories we have seen are:-

  • The cross marks the spot where a farmer called Wigmore was killed, and his horse carried on to the site of the Woolbury Horse where it died and the White Horse was constructed to commemorate this.

  • That it was made to commemorate the highwayman who prowled the area.

  • A small white horse on the outer face of the south rampart, 27ft long and constructed of flints from the upper chalk. Local legend states that it commemorates a highwayman's horse. Hants web

The only photos I can find are  at www.hows.org.uk/personal/hillfigs/wool/wool.htm and they don't inspire me to go and get some myself.

Further information Grid



Woolbury White Horse, Woolbury Camp, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Ceremonial County: Hampshire

Grid Reference:


Map Link:

Ordnance survey SU381351

Aerial photo:  



Best Times to Visit:






Other useful websites:


Nearby Locations:

Woolbury Ring Iron Age Hill Fort and Earthworks

Stockbridge Down (NT property)

Other Relevant pages:

Introduction to hillside figures

How to photograph hillside figures

Listing of hillside figures



Planning Grid


Woolbury White Horse, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Grid Reference:

SU 381351

Getting there:

Off the B3049 2 miles east out of Stockbridge towards Winchester




2 Car Parks and opposite ends of Stockbridge Down.



Things To Do, See and Photograph:


What to take:


Nature highlights:

Butterflies on nearby downs including Brimstone and Chalkhill Blue







Opening times:

Open all year



Photo Restrictions:


Other Restrictions: None
Special Needs Access: Probably not suitable as it's on a hill
Special Needs Facilities: None
Children Facilities: None
Dogs Allowed:  

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By: Keith Park Section: White Horse & Hillside Features Key:
Page Ref: woolbury Topic: Hillside Last Updated: 01/2012


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