Pepperbox Hill, nr. West Grimstead and Alderbury, Wilts.
(Windwhistle Lane off the A36)
Detail: This circle was reported on the 23rd of July and is in a field of golden wheat. It measures approximately 180ft in diameter.
Visiting: At the time of writing we are not aware of permission being granted by the farmer to enter the field. You will need to find the farmer and ask his permission to enter before visiting this crop circle.
Is it, or isn’t it? There appears to have been some confusion in regards to whether or not this circle had been cut. It was reported on the 24th of July that this circle had been cut out of the field. However, by later in the day it was clear that the circle was in fact still there and had perhaps been confused with a similar looking circle (from earlier) which had indeed been cut. We’d like to thank all our crop circle colleagues who kept in touch and helped to clarify the status of the circle before we flew. With special thanks to Mark Fussell at Crop Circle Connector. As of the evening of the 24th of July the circle was still intact in the field.
Location: The formation is located in a field on Windwhistle Lane off the A36 close to Alderbury. (see Google Maps link for exact location) and is also overlooked by the very picturesque Pepperbox Hill. We could clearly see ‘Erye’s Folly’, or ‘The Pepperbox’ as it’s also known when we flew over the circle. Pepperbox Hill is a place of outstanding natural beauty and is famed for its rare wildflowers and butteries. The pretty Folly is on a natural viewing spot with spectacular views across the landscape. Follow the link below to the National trust for more details and information about how to get there.
There also seemed to be a marking in the field (seen through the crop), roughly square with rounded edges. This could be an archeological artefact of some kind – but as of time of writing I have not yet been able to access any information to confirm what it is.
About Pepperbox Hill from the National Trust Website:
A wonderful place for a walk, enjoy the wildflowers and wonderful viewsCommanding the high point on the chalk ridge south-east of Salisbury, Pepperbox Hill is topped by an early example of a brick folly. Thought to have been built by Giles Eyre of Brickworth House, it may have served as a viewpoint for ladies following the hunt, a haunt for highwaymen and a lookout post for the home guard.Surrounding the folly is a diverse habitat, produced by the scrub-grassland mosaic, supporting several rare or uncommon species including orchids, juniper and yew woodland.The adjacent chalk downland is a significant site in Wiltshire for rare butterfly species, including the duke of burgundy.
History & Connections: Pepperbox Hill is an old haunt for the circle-makers, with two formations appearing in 1990 and three in 1991
Images and information about these early circles can be found in the following publications:
The Latest Evidence by Pat Delgado & Colin Andrews 1991 (Pages 62-63)
Crop Circles: Conclusive Evidence by Pat Delgado 1992 (pages 16-18)
Design & Symbolism: This crop circle is a six-armed design based on linked circles. Its wavy lines give it a natural feel, rather than a strictly geometric construction – although the underlying geometry will most probably show that it has a logical geometric blueprint. More of this when I have drawn it.
As six is the most ubiquitous number used in the geometry of the circles, you will have no doubt heard me describe in some detail the properties, function and characteristics of six-ness many times! So I won’t repeat myself here. However, it is an interesting coincidence to note that the Folly at Pepperbox Hill is itself hexagonal in design.
See our Geometry Gallery below for more analysis as we have it.
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.
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