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3:00pm on Sunday, 13th August, 2017:

White Horse


I was reading a Victorian diary yesterday, as you do, when I came across this entry:

"A large horse made on the side of Hambleton hill & finishd about Martinmas 1857".

This is Kilburn White Horse, which can be seen for miles around, including from the village of Great Ouseburn where my mother grew up. When we used to visit my grandparents when I was a boy, it was the landmark we used so we knew we were getting close.

Yorkshiremen aren't renowned for heaping praise on anything, so it must have been quite impressive when it was first constructed to have warranted an entry.

My mum had a picnic on its eye once.

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