The Westbury White Horse

The image of the white horse carved into the chalk below Bratton Castle is visible for miles around, but its true origins are unknown. 

Local legend tells that it commemorates the Battle of Ethandun in 878 when King Alfred the Great defeated the Danes.

It is known that the present outline was formed in 1778 and replaced an earlier, cruder, version which faced the opposite way. The new carving was carried out on the orders of Mr Gee and may have been to provide a more aesthetic view for the owner of Heywood House.

The earliest reference to the horse comes in the early eighteenth century and may support the other theory for its origin; that it was created to show loyalty to the Hannoverian succession - a white horse being the symbol of the House of Hannover.