I drive topside of this horse about three or four times per month on the unclassified road between Pewsey and Everlieigh. Its precise grid reference is SU 171 580. It is the second most recent of Wiltshire's eight horses and was carved out in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of George VI. As with Devizes' Millennium Horse, it was carved to replace a much earlier figure dating to 1785. The earlier figure disappeared from view quite soon after its carving due to the landowner refusing access to local villagers to perform regular maintenance.
The Pewsey Horse measures 30 meters long by 11 meters tall and sits on an incline of about 30 degrees making it not the easiest to see clearly.
The newer horse was carved in 1937 by a George Marples, a local historian who was at the time researching Wiltshire's horses and as such, was approached by the locals as they wanted a permanent commemoration of the forthcoming Coronation. The simplest option was to "find" and resurrect the 1785 carving but it was almost impossible to determine its exact location and in the end, the easiest option was to carve a new figure.
Pewsey Fire Brigade actually performed the cutting, under instruction from Mr Marples and the horse lies above and to the left of where the older horse still lies. The horse did feature the date of "1937" immediately above its back; it has been regularly scoured but the date numbers have long since faded into obscurity.
Pewsey horse is best viewed from the A345 Salisbury Road where there is a close by parking area or it can be reached via public footpaths from Pewsey.
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