Norridge Wood, Wilts | 14th August 2018

Norridge Wood, Wilts | 14th August 2018

Norridge Wood, nr. Warminster, Wilts. Detail: This circle was reported on August 14th and is very close to Cley Hill, a regular site for corp circles over the years. The crop type is a bit of a mystery as it looks like very over-ripe barley, but it is very unusual for this crop to remain unharvested so late into the summer,  it is usually harvested at the end of June. The circle looks like it may have been there for some time, the crop looks as if it has regrown substantially, if it had been made recently in such a mature crop, the plants would have laid flat and would have been too mature to recover via phototropism – as it has essentially stopped growing and is in the process of drying-out. This circle measures around 180-200ft in length. Location: Norridge Wood is right next to the field and lies to the East of Cley Hill – you can see the hill in some of the pictures in the gallery below. Cley Hill is a well known landscape feature that lies to the west of the town of Warminster. A distinctive, soaring chalk hill, once shaped by ancient seas, it is an important site archeologically and biologically. It is the home to an abundance of grasses, wildflowers and insects. Read more here. It also lies close to Cradle Hill, a famous site during the ‘Warminster Mystery’ flap – a series of strange happenings including UFO sightings that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. You can read more about the Warminster happenings here. You can also read Arthur Shuttlewood’s original book on...
Mixon, Wilts | 10th August 2018

Mixon, Wilts | 10th August 2018

Mixon, nr Etchilhampton, Wiltshire. Detail: This circle was reported on the morning of the 10th of August by a crop circle researcher staying in Etchilhampton. It’s located very close of the village of Mixon, below Etchilhampton Hill, near Devizes. The circle is large, spanning 6 sets of tractor lines making it approximately 400ft in diameter. The crop circle is a crop of very ripe wheat. The formation looks beautifully laid , with swirls and sweeps of crop inside the rings and circles. Location: Etchilhampton Hill, is one of the highest points in the Wiltshire landscape at a height of 623ft. and has been home to many crop circles over the years in the fields surrounding it’s summit – see here for a circle there in 2014. The hill itself, like so much of Wiltshire is chalk, and you can clearly see where it has been quarried in times past. Visiting: This circle has now been harvested. Design and Symbolism: This formation is all about circles and division by three. This will be very interesting to draw and to look for the coincidence and symmetry of the component parts. Unity (1) and three are related because both are unities in their own right. Three is an echo or reflection of unity in our world of multiplicity, three also is seen as a harmony (as in musical chords). There will be more to say once it’s been on the drawing board. Check back for updates. Three is a magic number, or so the song goes, but the depth to which the idea of ‘trinity’ is embedded in our culture and psyche cannot be...
Hackpen Hill (3), Wilts | 30th July 2018

Hackpen Hill (3), Wilts | 30th July 2018

Hackpen Hill (3), nr Broad Hinton,Wilts Details: This is the third circle to appear at Hackpen Hill this year and was reported on the 30th of July. The circle measures approximately 200ft in diameter and is in a field of very mature wheat. This time however, the circle lies on the top of the hill, above the White Horse, rather than beneath it. Location: Hackpen Hill is located along the ancient Ridgeway Path that crosses the Wiltshire landscape. It isn’t an an ancient earthwork, like so many hilltops in the region, but the views from the top are breathtaking. Hackpen White Horse was cut to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838. Although little is known about the origins of the horse it is believed to have been cut by Henry Eatwell, parish clerk of Broad Hinton and also the local publican. The horse measures 90ft by 90ft and is best viewed from the A361 at Broad Hinton. You can read more about the horse here. It’s interesting to note that although there have been three circles at Hackpen Hill this summer, each one has occurred on a different farm! Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested. Design & Symbolism: This is a very nice 8-fold flower design with a stunning woven floor-lay at its centre. Eight is the number of periodical renewal, as in the musical scale, where when we sound the octave (oct-8) we find ourselves back at the beginning of the scale, but on a different level – reaching beyond our current level. Eight is also the first cubed number – 2 x 2 x 2 =...
Chesterton Windmill, Warks | 26th July 2018

Chesterton Windmill, Warks | 26th July 2018

Chesterton Windmill, nr Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Details: This circle was reported on the 26th of July and is in a field immediately adjacent to Chesterton Windmill, nr the village of Chesterton Green, just a few miles south of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. The formation measures approximately 200ft in diameter and is a 6-fold star (or windmill) design, with some interesting design features. The circle is in a field of very mature wheat and contains some very pretty floor-lays in several of its circular components. Location: Chesterton Windmill had a unique and very attractive design. Built in 1632-33, the windmill itself sits on top of a circular building with six arches. Some have speculated that it may have originally been designed as an observatory, as its designer Sir Edward Peyto was acquainted with several notable architects of the day. The mill was operation until 1910  when its machinery ceased to function. You can read more about this fascinating building here. Visiting: As yet, there is no indication that this circle is open to public – if this changes we’ll update this page. Until then, please keep out of the field unless you have express permission from the farmer to enter. Please assume there is no permission until any is granted. Thank you. Flight: This was a long way for us to go to record a crop circle and as you’ll see in the images below the weather was not particularly kind. After weeks of hot, sunny and fine weather, it is set to turn thundery over the next few days across the UK. So we decided we had to fly...
Fovant, Wilts | 24th July 2018

Fovant, Wilts | 24th July 2018

Gurston Ashes, nr Fovant & Chiselbury Ring, Wiltshire. Details: This circle was first seen on July 24th and is located at a place called Gurston Ashes (a ring of ancient trees), nr Fovant in Wiltshire. The circle is approximately 200ft in diameter and is in a field of mature wheat. As we flew over, many of the nearby fields were in the process of being harvested, one wonders how much longer the season will continue and if we will have an early finish in 2018. Location: This is a very pretty location, Gurston Ashes, is a ring of ancient trees, not far from Fovant in Wiltshire. Fovant is famous for its chalk Military Badges carved into the hillside, you can see pictures of the Badges in the gallery below and read more about both them and their history here. The area was a huge barracks site in WW1 and the first badges were carved by soldiers using the barracks. Gurston Ashes and the Fovant Badges are also close to Chiselbury Ring an Iron-Age hill fort (see images below) which sits almost directly above the Fovant Badges. You can read more about the hill fort here – all in all this is a lovely and very interesting part of the Wiltshire landscape. Visiting: We have heard that the farmer is not allowing access to this formation, so please keep out of the field – thanks. Harvesting is well underway in this area. Design & Symbolism: Many have interpreted this design as a door ajar – which seems eminently reasonable. According to the geometer and researcher Michael Glickman, the doorknob is located at the centre...
Longbarrow at All Cannings, Wilts | 21st July 2018

Longbarrow at All Cannings, Wilts | 21st July 2018

The Longbarrow at All Cannings, Wiltshire. (Reported elsewhere as Clifford’s Hill, or Allington, Wilts.) Details: This circle was reported late in the day on Saturday the 21st of July. It is located by the road that runs from Honey Street in Alton Barnes to Horton, at a bend in the road close to Clifford’s Hill, the Village of Allington and the site of the Longbarrow at All Cannings – so take your pick! You can see its precise location on the google maps link on this page. The formation measured approximately 180-200ft in diameter and was a 12-pointed spinner design in wheat. Visiting – This crop circle has now been harvested. Grateful Thanks: Our grateful thanks go to the photographer Nils Kenneth Fordal who very kindly offered us some of his lovely pictures for our website – when he knew we had been unable to photograph this circle before the farmer had defaced it. Thanks Nils for your kindness. The circle was reported on the evening of the 21st, by lunch time of the 22nd it had been cut. Location: This is is a lovely part of Wiltshire that through the years has been visited by the crop circle phenomenon many times. In recent years however, many of the circles appearing here have been cut from the fields by farmers in an attempt to discourage circles happening there. Clifford’s Hill is part of the Marlborough Downs and both the nearby villages of All Cannings and Allington lie in the shadow of these majestic undulating hills, there is a real atmosphere to this place that is hard to describe. Also nearby is the...
Kingweston, Somerset | 14th July 2018

Kingweston, Somerset | 14th July 2018

Muncombe Hill, nr Kingweston, Somerset Details: This circle was first publicly reported on the evening of Sunday July the 15th, but had apparently appeared at least the day before on the 14th (often times we only know the date the circle was first reported, rather than when it first appeared). It is located in a field close to the village of Kingweston, near Somerton in Somerset. The circle is in a field of mature wheat and measures approximately 350ft in diameter. Location: As mentioned above,  this circle is located near Kingweston in Somerset. As we flew over the formation, Glastonbury Tor could clearly be seen towering above the Somerset Levels floodplain. While the circle is not located at Glastonbury itself, this area of the UK has long been seen as sacred ground, the first Christian Church was reputedly built here and the Arthurian Legends have flourished here for hundreds of years. We were very fortunate to be able to photograph Glastonbury Tor on this flight – see our pictures in the gallery below. Visiting: This circle has now been harvested. Design & Symbolism: As this circle is clearly 12-fold in nature (the central circle is split into 12, and then has 12 emanating arms), it has drawn the obvious interpretation of being some kind of clock. However, if it is a clock, it seems there is no real way to tell the time as each of the 12 arms are the same. So what is the function/purpose/meaning of a clock that doesn’t tell the time? On a broader level 12 is a number that is intimately woven into our culture in all...
Winterbourne Bassett, Wilts | 14th July 2018

Winterbourne Bassett, Wilts | 14th July 2018

Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire. Details: This circle was reported on Saturday the 14th of July and is located close to the village of Winterbourne Bassett, near to both Hackpen Hill and Avebury. The circle measures approximately 200ft in diameter and is in a field of maturing wheat. Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested. Location: The small village of Winterbourne Bassett lies just north of Avebury and close to Hackpen Hill. There have been any number of crop circles there in the past, no doubt due to it’s proximity to Avebury. You can read more about the history of Winterbourne Bassett here. Design & Symbolism: This circle is very interesting as it isn’t a circle! It is based on the triquetra, a triangular design made from circles or curves, its design transcends cultures and times, but is most often seen in Celtic art – you can read more here. Often the circles intersect to create the Vesica Pisces – but the exact composition of the design will only be truly revealed when Karen has drawn it. Please keep checking back on this page for updates of the Geometry Gallery below. Three is a magic number, or so the song goes, but the depth to which the idea of ‘trinity’ is embedded in our culture and psyche cannot be overstated. Three (next to seven), is a number closely associated with spirit, there after all three steps to heaven (so another song goes). Many world deities are three-fold in nature – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Maiden, Mother, Crone – and time itself is split into Past, Present and Future....
Longwood Warren, Hants | 10th July 2018

Longwood Warren, Hants | 10th July 2018

Longwood Warren, nr Cheesefoot Head, Hants Details: This circle was reported on the 10th of July and is a field of long-eared wheat. The circle measures approximately 200ft in diameter and has a very interesting ‘wavy’ lay inside the formation. We have not heard anything indicating that the farmer is permitting visitors, so please do not enter this field unless you have express permission by the farmer to do so. Location: This part of Hampshire has a long crop circle history with some of the earliest recorded crop circles appearing there in the 1970s and 1980s. The central feature of the landscape here is the Cheesefoot Head (or Matterly Bowl) which is a stunning natural amphitheatre that affords spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. In years gone by the Bowl was the location for several spectacular crop circles, but it is no longer planted with crops and now plays host to the Boomtown Fair music and culture festival each summer in August. This crop circle is located to the south of the amphitheatre on a tract of land called Longwood Warren that would have been part of the estate once belonging to the now demolished Longwood House (read more here). There was a circle here last year (2017) – read more. Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested. Design & Symbolism: This design has a nine-fold geometry, but its beauty lies in the laid crop where nine arcs can be seen and then the crop has been flattened in a graceful wave-like pattern – it looked stunning in the late afternoon sunlight. Nine is the number of Threshold because it is the...