Monument record 0576700000 - PITSTONE (OR NOWERS) HILL


Historic records and place-name evidence of chalk-cut horse figure

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded


Type and Period (1)

  • HILL FIGURE? (16th Century to 19th Century - 1500 AD? to 1899 AD?)


1809/10 Pitstone map shows 3 adjacent closes called 'White Horse Pieces' on NW of hill. Nearby a lane probably the 'White Horse Waye' in a 1630 will. A furlong 'Whight Horse' mentioned in 1580/1. A white horse cut into chalk on hill pre-1580 possible, perhaps on still untouched, prominent part of hill (B1).
The 1848 tithe map shows three small fields named 1st, 2nd and 3rd White Horse Piece at base of W escarpment of Pitstone Hill. The figure may therefore have lain on the steep W slope of the hill. The most likely location would have been below Grim's Ditch. No visible signs on surface during survey (B2).

Sources (2)

  • <1>SBC3437 Article in serial: J Davis. 1990. 'A Lost White Horse on Pitstone Hill?', in Recs of Bucks 32 p151 (& see additional information filed).
  • <2>SBC20698 Unpublished document: Northamptonshire Archaeology. 2003. Archaeological Survey of Aldbury Nowers, Pitstone Hill and Down Farm, on the Ashridge Estate: January - March 2003. vol 2, p 63.


Grid reference SP 94800 14200 (point)
Civil Parish PITSTONE, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • Event - Survey: (EBC13877)
  • Event - Survey: Survey of Pitstone Hill and Down Farm (EBC16941)

Record last edited

Feb 16 2022 10:01PM

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