Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Beware Chalk Pit

A pyramid for a Racehorse, who supposedly saved his master's life -

Underneath lies buried a horse, the property of Paulet St. John Esq., that in the month of September 1733 leaped into a chalk pit twenty-five feet deep afoxhuntiing with his master on his back and in October 1734 he won the Hunters Plate on Worthy Downs and was rode by his owner and was entered in the name of "Beware Chalk Pit".

The use of a burial mound is striking, although I was slightly disappointed to discover the pyramid shape of the monument was a later addition after the original square monument fell victim to the elements.
The area is a secluded park, where a series of unsolved sex attacks took place, although on a new year's day a walk there felt like some kind of pastoral ritual, slow perambulations strictly to the path, in somber single file.

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