Preston Candover, Hampshire.
(just of the B3046 between Chilton Candover & Preston Candover)
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 11th of August and was in a field of golden wheat. It measures approximately 200ft in diameter. The circle is just off the B3046 between Chilton Candover & Preston Candover.
Visiting: Please assume there is no access to this circle. You will need the express permission of the farmer to enter the field. Do not enter without permission. It’s important we respect the farmers and work to build good relations with them.
Flight: This was a tricky flight there were heavy thunderstorms in the area and strong winds.
History & Connections: There is a long barrow at Preston Candover – quite close to the crop circle site – you can see it’s remnants on Google Earth – it has been mostly destroyed for agriculture. Looking on an OS Explorer Map you will also bee a few tumuli in the area too.
About the long barrow from the Historical England website:
The monument includes a long barrow, surviving as a low earthwork, situated just below the crest of a west-facing slope. The mound, now under cultivation, has been partly damaged by former quarrying and is adjacent to a deep hollow. The barrow mound is orientated NE-SW, rectangular in plan with maximum dimensions of 74m long by 30m wide. Spreads of chalk rubble in the plough soil indicate the original ends of the mound as well as the limit of the SE side. The mound survives to a maximum height of 0.6m. Flanking quarry ditches run parallel to the mound on its SE and NW sides and survive to a width of 7.5m. An account of the barrow in 1893 states that it had been levelled nearly to the ground before the end of the 19th century and refers to the discovery of “an abundance of bones” and “many weapons described by inhabitants of the village”. Partial excavation of the mound towards the end of the 19th century produced a portion of horn, probably of red deer. A spearhead recovered from the mound has been identified as Saxon. This indicates the likely presence of early Medieval burials in or around the mound.
Design & Symbolism: The design of this circle is quite unusual. In the centre we have a triangle (3), within a circle (1), within a square (4) sitting within another circle (1). If these shapes are taken as numbers we get 3141 which are the first four numbers of pi (3.141)59265359).
The interior of this circle looks incredibly beautiful with swirls and sections of woven crop. The fine-line standing squares and circles are also particularly well done.
One curiosity is that part of the outer ring appears incomplete or unfinished. It looks as if this was quite deliberate as it is exactly 90° (one quarter/fourth) that remains standing. Given that there is a square in this design and a triangle there are elements of 3 and 4 at play here. The incomplete ring can also be view as being 3/4 (three quarters) complete – another reference to three and four.
This will be interesting circle to draw, so check back on our Geometry Gallery below for a full write-up and drawings very soon.
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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