The White Horse Of Folkestone
Folkestone White Horse is a white horse hill figure or type of geoglyph carved into Cheriton Hill. It shows a large visual representation of a horse with its head high and its forelegs positioned to make it look like the horse is in movement.
The art of carving white horses in chalk upland areas is also known as Leucippotomy.
Date Made -The White Horse was completed in June 2003, making it one of the youngest Horse Hill figures around at present.
Made By - Charlie Newington a local artist.
Why The Folkestone White Horse Was Created
The White Horse was inspired by the White Horse of Uffington and the Iron Age Fort which is to be found on White Horse Hill. The White Horse was to be a Millennium Landmark and also used as a means to help regenerate the Folkestone area.
Making Of The Folkestone White Horse - Local artist Charlie Newington first drew a design for the horse, this drawing then allowed a template of the horse to be made. Directed from afar by the artist via radio, a team of volunteers staked out a canvas template of the horse on to the hillside. The next stage was to dig shallow trenches into the top soil of about 12-24 inches in width. And finally into these trenches the limestone slabs were placed.
The White Horse of Folkestone can be found on Cheriton Hill which is in Folkestone, Kent in the South East of England. It also overlooks the terminal of the Channel Tunnel
Restoration - To promote and maintain this beautiful landmark are The Friends of the Folkestone White Horse, they were formed in June 2004. The site at the moment requires periodic light weeding to prevent the shape of the horse from being lost.