1) CHISELHAMPTON. June 24th. Credit: Ellis Taylor. Crop: Wheat/dowses. SP 587 994 An old style quintuplet with a large 63-64ft central circle (ACW) and 4 smaller satellites average 15.5ft diameter. The top and bottom members were ACW and the left and right CW. The formation was situated on a steep slope (Richmond Hill) and was about 400 yards up from the B480 road. It was first seen from a house in Stadhampton and could also be spotted from 2 miles south near Drayton St Leonard.
At the time the crop was very green and soaking wet so the floor patterns were not the best, although the small circle shown on the LHS had an almost perfect swirl. The ratio of diameters was 4:1 - the most commonly found. The formation was placed about a mile from the Garsington events of 1996.
The farmers as usual claimed to "know who had done it" without naming names. If it was hoaxed the circles were near to the side of the field but a long walk from the road and all 5 circles avoided the tram lines.
Comment by Jeremy Kay - Samples were sent to Jim Lyons for dowsing. He reported a negative result.