A report on Long Man of Wilmington

The Long Man of Wilmington
The Long Man of Wilmington
Artist's impression
Annual pagan Long Man celebrations (with effigy)
The vandalised "Long" Man of Wilmington during summer solstice 2010

Hill figure on the steep slopes of Windover Hill near Wilmington, East Sussex, England.

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The Long Man of Wilmington

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The Cerne Abbas Giant chalk figure, near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England, is made by a turf-cut.

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Large visual representation created by cutting into a steep hillside and revealing the underlying geology.

Large visual representation created by cutting into a steep hillside and revealing the underlying geology.

The Cerne Abbas Giant chalk figure, near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England, is made by a turf-cut.
The Uffington White Horse at Uffington, Oxfordshire
The 18th-century Westbury White Horse near Westbury, Wiltshire
The Long Man of Wilmington seen from a distance
The Litlington White Horse in the village of Litlington, East Sussex
Outline of a naked man cut into the grass on a hillside, the Cerne Abbas Giant near Cerne Abbas
The Cherhill White Horse near Cherhill
The Kilburn White Horse near Kilburn, North Yorkshire
Lenham Cross on the North Downs
Figure of a lion cut into the hillside: the Whipsnade Zoo lion near Whipsnade
Outline of a crown cut into the hillside. Wye Crown, at Wye, Kent
An offwhite triangle cut into the hillside. Watlington White Mark
Two military badges and part of a third cut into the hillside. Two of the Fovant badges
A kiwi cut into the hillside. The Bulford Kiwi near Bulford
A white cross cut into the hillside. Whiteleaf Cross
Figure of a prancing white horse cut into the hillside with a rider. Osmington White Horse near Weymouth, Dorset
A stylised figure of a galloping white horse. Folkestone White Horse on Cheriton Hill, Folkestone
Alton Barnes White Horse
The Mormond Hill White Horse, near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
The Mormond Hill White Stag, near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
The Lamb Down Badge, near Codford, Wiltshire<ref name="hows2">{{cite web|url=http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/hillfigs/lamb/lambdo.htm|title=Lamb Down Military Badge|publisher=hows.org.uk|access-date=2014-09-26}}</ref>
Hackpen White Horse
The Westbury White Horse from Bratton Downs
Pendle Hill marked with the date 1612 on the 400th anniversary of the Witch Trials

Hill figures cut in grass are a phenomenon especially seen in England, where examples include the Cerne Abbas Giant, the Uffington White Horse, and the Long Man of Wilmington, as well as the "lost" carvings at Cambridge, Oxford and Plymouth Hoe.

Ruins of Wilmington Priory at centre; St Mary and St Peter's Church, Wilmington is at top left.

Long Man

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Civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England, which includes the villages of Wilmington, Milton Street and Folkington.

Civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England, which includes the villages of Wilmington, Milton Street and Folkington.

Ruins of Wilmington Priory at centre; St Mary and St Peter's Church, Wilmington is at top left.

The parish is named after the Long Man of Wilmington, a 69.2 m chalk figure in the parish.

Cerne Abbas Giant chalk figure below the rectangular "Trendle" earthworks

Cerne Abbas Giant

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Hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England.

Hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England.

Cerne Abbas Giant chalk figure below the rectangular "Trendle" earthworks
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Layout of the giant with the obliterated line (in yellow) reconstructed
Lord Holles, a portrait from the 1640s. Holles, the Cerne Abbas landowner, has been suggested as the person who ordered the giant to be cut in mockery of his political adversary Cromwell.
Hercules holding a club and the Nemean lion-skin fur
Homer Simpson as promotion for The Simpsons Movie
1764, first known drawing from the Gentleman's Magazine with measurements, including the height of {{convert|180|ft}}
1764 sketch, perhaps dated to 1763, sent to the Society of Antiquaries of London<ref>Minute Book of the Society of Antiquaries, November 1763, in Vol. IX, July 1762 – April 1765, pp. 199–200, reproduced in D. Morgan Evans (1998), "Eighteenth-Century Descriptions of the Cerne Abbas Giant", The Antiquaries Journal, 78, pp. 463–71, {{doi|10.1017/S000358150004508X}}, p. 468</ref>
1842 drawing by the antiquary and editor John Sydenham<ref>John Sydenham, Baal Durotrigensis. A dissertation on the antient colossal figure at Cerne, Dorsetshire; and an attempt to illustrate the distinction between the primal Celtæ and the Celto-Belgæ of Britain: with observations on the worship of the serpent and that of the sun, London, W. Pickering, 1842. Opposite title page.</ref>
1892 drawing by the author and antiquarian William Plenderleath<ref>William Plenderleath, The white horses of the west of England, 1892, p. 39</ref>
Aerial view
Aerial view
Bottom-up view
The Giant's phallus
Renovation in 2008

The Cerne Giant is one of two major extant human hill figures in England; the other is the Long Man of Wilmington, near Wilmington, East Sussex.

Current Litlington White Horse

Litlington White Horse

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Chalk hill figure depicting a horse, situated on Hindover Hill in the South Downs, looking over the River Cuckmere to the west of the village of Litlington and north of East Blatchington in East Sussex, England.

Chalk hill figure depicting a horse, situated on Hindover Hill in the South Downs, looking over the River Cuckmere to the west of the village of Litlington and north of East Blatchington in East Sussex, England.

Current Litlington White Horse
Current Litlington White Horse
Looking across the Cuckmere Valley from the horse
Hindover Hill including the current White Horse

The Litlington White Horse is one of two hill figures in East Sussex; the other being the Long Man of Wilmington which is situated 3 miles north-east from the White Horse.

Sussex Archaeological Society

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One of the oldest county-based archaeological societies in the UK.

One of the oldest county-based archaeological societies in the UK.

As well as the supervision of excavations within Sussex, the SAS publishes the Sussex Archaeological Collections and an annual report, and administers the Long Man of Wilmington.

Trinny & Susannah Undress the Nation

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British reality fashion-themed television documentary series on ITV featuring fashion advisors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.

British reality fashion-themed television documentary series on ITV featuring fashion advisors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.

The culmination of the programme involved Trinny, Susannah and 100 women giving the East Sussex chalk figure, the Long Man of Wilmington, a temporary female form by adding pigtails, breasts and hips.

Kissing the Pink

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English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in London in 1980.

English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in London in 1980.

As well as investing in a renowned producer, Magnet paid for promotional videos to be made for the singles "Mr. Blunt" (shot at the Long Man of Wilmington) and "Watching Their Eyes".

Eleanor Farjeon, c. 1899

Eleanor Farjeon

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English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire.

English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire.

Eleanor Farjeon, c. 1899
Farjeon's grave, St John at Hampstead, London.
Verse by Eleanor Farjeon, on a song sheet for children

These books, which had their origins in France when Farjeon was inspired to write about a troubadour, are actually set in Sussex and include descriptions of real villages and features such as the chalk cliffs and the Long Man of Wilmington.

John Whitbourn

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English author of novels and short stories focusing on alternative histories set in a 'Catholic' universe.

English author of novels and short stories focusing on alternative histories set in a 'Catholic' universe.

Its cover features a depiction of The Long Man of Wilmington, an enigmatic hill figure often referenced in Whitbourn's writing.