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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
White Horse
of Wantage (Berkshire), cut in the chalk hills. This horse commemorates a great victory gained by Alfred over the Danes, in the reign of his brother Ethelred I. The battle is called the battle of Æscesdun (Ashtree-hill). The horse is 374 feet long, and may be seen at the distance of fifteen miles. (Dr. Wise.)   1
   An annual ceremony was once held, called “Scouring the White Horse.”   2

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