Hooper’s Wood, near Dilton Marsh, Wilts.
(between Standerwick & Dilton Marsh | Just off the A36)
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 11th of June. It is in a field of green wheat and measures approximately 180ft in length. See the Google Maps link for precise location. This circle lies just inside the Wiltshire/Somerset border!
Crop Circle Reporting and Covid-19: After considerable thought and consultation, we have decided we will not be censoring crop circle locations during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are no current restrictions in place in the UK that call for a blanket ban on visiting the countryside. We consider the reporting of crop circles to be in the spirit of journalism, and censorship to be an anathema to that spirit. Therefore, we will be treating the crop circle community as adults and asking everyone to approach the information carefully and responsibly. This will include not visiting the circles if the farmer has not given explicit permission to do so and should permission be given that they practice social distancing by staying 2 metres away from fellow visitors. It would be our very strong advice that visiting the crop circles on the ground should be kept to an absolute minimum for now. However, because we know that the location of any given circle can be important to researchers and those that record the circles from the air, we will continue to share what we know.
Flying during the Covid-19 Pandemic: As yet, because of the current pandemic, we have not been able to take to the air to record the crop circles as we usually would. We are however, very confident that the restrictions keeping us grounded at present will be lifted before too long and we will be able to cover the rest of the season as usual. In the meantime, we are every pleased to have teamed up with the excellent AEROBO (Art in Flight) who will be helping us collect images and drone footage of the latest crop circles to share on the website.
Visiting: As far as we are aware no permission has been given to visit this crop circle. Please do not visit this circle. Thank you.
History & Connections: This crop circle is located very close-by to the Clear Wood circle of 2019. It sits just inside the Wiltshire Somerset border – only just though!
Hooper’s Wood is an outcrop of the larger Black Dog Woods at Chapmanslade… Here’s an excerpt from a BBC webpage about the haunting of Black Dog Woods:
Phil Jefferson from Chapmanslade writes: Dilton Marsh’s website tells the story of the Dead Maids of Chapmanslade. (This part of Chapmanslade used to be part of Dilton Marsh.) A young lady of the parish was being pursued by two suitors. The two men decided to fight a duel to determine which one of them should marry her. In the ensuing duel, one of them was shot dead. This man had been the owner of a black dog which, seeing the demise of its master, attacked the other man, killing him. Totally distressed at losing both her suitors, the young lady then took her own life and was buried at Dead Maids crossroads, which is located on the edge of the old parish. Since then, the black dog has haunted the local woods, which appropriately are called Black Dog Woods.
The Black Dog Highwayman: Another story suggests that the black dog was, in fact, owned by a highwayman who used to conduct his business on what is now Black Dog Hill, on the A36. Today, there is a straight road running up the hill, but in previous times the road used to meander tortuously up the hill and, with its many bends, was an ideal place for a highwayman to lurk. The dog’s job, by the way, was to leap up onto the stagecoach and attack the driver in the neck, thus halting the vehicle. So, watch out if you are on the A36 between Warminster and Bath (the modern version of the black dog is a speed camera, by the way!).
Design & Symbolism: This crop circle is an off-beat collection of circles and rings. Some of the rings do not meet and the design, is one of a few where the whole design does not create a fully enclosed space. This is unusual, most circles do create a fully contained architectural space. I have already seen some interesting geometric images of this formation. I will update the page as soon as I know more.
Visiting the Circles? If you are thinking of visiting any crop circles this summer, please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section. It’s full of useful information and etiquette for visiting the countryside and the crop circles. Please remember that you should not enter any fields without the express permission of the farmer and you will need to be aware of and abide by any restrictions in place in the UK in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
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Please enjoy the diagram below by Bertold Zugelder.